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There was a Tartu Call – but nobody picked up the phone!

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

Under much festivity, the Tartu Call for healthy lifestyles was announced by Commissioners Hogan, Andriukaitis and Navracsics in connection to the European Week of Sport in September last year. At ISCA, we were pleased to see these commitments, and gave our recommendations and own commitments in return.

Also in the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (where ISCA is a member), it was announced with great pride that the EU Health Ministers and stakeholders in the High Level Group had agreed to put emphasis on Health-Enhancing Physical Activity as a solution to many of society’s health problems. 

As any good journalist will know, it is important to “follow the money” and see where investments will actually be made. 

A very obvious place for the EU to put money behind the intentions is the EU Health Programme. So when the EU Annual Work Programme for Health for 2018 was announced recently we at ISCA read it with great interest. Because surely, physical activity would have a significant role in that?

To our disappointment, there is no such mention in the Work Programme on the upcoming calls.

It would seem that the Tartu Call was made – but nobody picked up the phone.

ISCA Annual Report for 2017 now available

The International Sport and Culture Association’s Annual Report for 2017 is now available and is a colourful collection of the events, projects and advocacy actions we led and supported alongside our members and partners during the year. The report is full of examples that support the three pillars of our new strategy for 2018-2021, adopted at the ISCA General Assembly in October 2017: Solutions, Campaigns, and Advocacy.

Access the Annual Report here

Read more: Which physical activity facts deserved to go more viral than fake news in 2017?

NowWeBike again!

Bike for Europe 2018 tour set for September

This September, NowWeBike is set to return to the NowWeMOVE and #BeActive calendars when two teams of four cyclists cycle together across Europe, starting separately from two points (North to West, South to East) and meeting in the middle (as symbolic gesture of solidarity and peaceful mobility). This year, the Bike for Europe tour will involve organisations along the cycling routes who are working to integrate refugees into their communities through sporting and recreational cycling activities.

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Clear ISCA footprint on WHO action plan

The WHO has now published its second draft of a global action plan for physical activity promotion, and responses to the first draft from NGOs, member states, academic institutions, UN agencies and other public and private stakeholders are publically available. ISCA notes substantial improvements in describing civil society’s role in promoting physical activity, with civil society being mentioned 12 times in the latest version compared with the previous version’s two. ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg says he can therefore see a clear footprint of ISCA and our members’ perspectives on the second draft.

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Find out more about the plan here

Three easy ways to support the first worldwide No Elevators Day

Save the date: 25 April

Physical activity ambassadors across the world: we invite you to participate in the first worldwide No Elevators Day on 25 April 2018. ISCA introduced No Elevators Day to its line-up of NowWeMOVE campaign events in 2015, and in 2017 it had gained so much support that it not only became a trending topic on Twitter, but it was also “unofficially” celebrated in Colombia, in Latin America, by an archbishop (#Ahoratomamoslasescaleras)! So this year we’re making it official. No Elevators Day is going global. 

How can you take part? It couldn’t be easier.
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Plan ahead for MOVE Week 2018

Save the dates: 28 May-3 June

Registration is open for MOVE Week 2018 events, and five countries (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Serbia and Turkey) have already got the ball rolling. The seventh edition of the European MOVE Week takes place from 28 May-3 June and is the flagship event of the NowWeMOVE campaign. MOVE Week events can take any form, from large-scale mass participation days to small community activities. ISCA will kick off an active summer with a MOVE Week study tour to Plovdiv in Bulgaria for partners and guests of the MOVEment Spaces project from 31 May to 2 June.

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Get inspired by events from 2017

ISCA President tours Colombia

ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby spent a warm week in December visiting ISCA members, partners and government officials in Colombia. As Colombia is a country that has embraced NowWeMOVE campaign event such as No Elevators Day and MOVE Week (Semana Muévela) and is now one of the most active NowWeMOVE countries in Latin America.

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MC 2017: Born Barikor on bringing activities to our communities
How is Born Barikor getting thousands of Brits active outdoors? We throwback to the MOVE Congress 2017 where he shares his tips and tricks. 

PASS project recommendations aim to bridge physical activity gap

The PASS project, led by Sport and Citizenship and with ISCA as a partner, has published its recommendations for aligning sectors to carry out physical activity promotion together. The recommendations and PASS project report use the finding from ISCA and Cebr that physical inactivity is costing Europe €80 billion a year to build the case for new coordinated actions.

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ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg (centre) and ActiveVoice project partner Rose Marie Repond (EUPEA, left) speak at the PASS project closing conference.

Earlybird rates for StreetGames conference

ISCA member StreetGames in the UK is hosting a two-day Development and Training conference, including workshops and an awards night on 20-21 March, with an earlybird registration rate until 30 January. Meet the CEOs of Sport England and Sport Wales, and the UK Minister for Sport and get advice from other keynote speakers.

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MOVEment Pills – look who found their MOVE!

ISCA’s MOVEment Pills were a hit among firefighters in Belgrade (see picture below), when ISCA member Association Sport for All Serbia became an official partner of the 30th Palace of Serbia race for No Elevators Day in 2017. Around 150 firefighters and local participants climbed 550 stairs from the ground floor to the Palace of Belgrade Radio on the 23 floor. The event shows how easy it is to promote stair-climbing on an international stage on No Elevators Day.

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