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GetActive#BeActive - An initiative to promote healthy lifestyles and physical activity to schoolchildren +/- 12 years old as part of the 2015 European Week of Sport.
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Apr 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

ALCIS = Greek Goddess of Sport. This innovative action provides schoolchildren +/- 12 years with a series of choreographed exercise classes combined with a 4-week education programme on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and regular physical activity. It will take place in 5 EU countries, involving up to 75 community-based sport/fitness centres cooperating with local schools. It is expected that there will be 4,000-7,500 children directly benefiting from the action which will start on the European Week of Sport focus day of 8th September (education and sport). The action will be coordinated with the national contact points for the European Week of Sport together with specifically developed promotional materials, press coverage, and a social media campaign to be used by the children.Experts will provide specially designed educational materials (from the successful My Choices Planner from Generation Europe) for the students and their teachers promoting the importance of healthy lifestyles and regular physical activity. The education programme will run together with a series of fun, energetic group exercise classes organised by local not-for-profit sport/fitness centres. The ALCIS programme will be specifically aimed to be complimentary to other teaching taking place in the schools, and will end with a mass exercise class to involve the children’s parents, family and friends. It is widely accepted that the obesity epidemic has grown at an increasingly alarming rate among adults and children in Europe (WHO, 2012) and that this epidemic is highly associated with the pandemic of physical inactivity. Keeping in mind that work done around children and nutrition and physical activity is an investment into the lives of citizens of tomorrow, a key aspect of the project is to work towards establishing a lasting legacy with longer-term remembrance by the schoolchildren about the importance of maintaining healthy lifestyles and their participation in regular activities/sp
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