Physical inactivity across Europe is stagnating and even declining in some countries, with a negative impact on people’s quality of life, as well as on the economy. According to the European Commission, the proportion of people who never exercise or play sport is worryingly high at 35%! Girls are more likely to do less exercise or sport than boys.
As part of the #BeActive campaign, the European Week of Sport (23-30 September) is organising events all over Europe. The events will focus on sport in schools, workplaces, outdoors, in sport clubs and fitness centres among others.
Since its launch five years ago, over 40 million people have taken part across 38 countries! The European Commissioner responsible for Sport, Tibor Navracsics, added: “The lack of physical activity in our modern lifestyles leads to major health problems and costs our economies billions. We can all be active in different ways – from taking a short walk to running a marathon. I am calling on everyone to join us in the European Week of Sport.”
TAFISA is calling on everyone – regardless of age or background – to get physically active! TAFISA is backing the Europe-wide #BeActive campaign which promotes sport and exercise for healthier living.
The opening ceremony of the 2019 European Week of Sport takes place today in Espoo, Finland! It features high-level speakers and delegations from the world of politics and sport.
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