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Move for Health
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: Jul 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The economic changes, technological development, social and cultural rights occurred in the past 50 years have brought a deep revolution in the people's daily way of life. The current behaviours and social models make it difficult to acquire correct habits, active and healthy lifestyle that, instead, are essential to the health and wellbeing of the young people. Physical activity prevents in children and youth people problems of overweight and obesity, but also plays a fundamental role in their physical, social, psychological and emotional development. Healthy eating, instead, in one hand reduces the risk of diseases, and in the other hand helps young people to eat observing their physiological needs and not the stereotyped models in compliance with the commercial models, which respond more to the logic of consumption and trade. So, what we aim to achieve trough this project is to offer to the youth people the opportunity to discover and reflect about what may be the benefits from a correct and wellbeing lifestyle and experiment in their own. We want also that the physical activities and eating healthy, become tools to promote among youth active citizenship, intercultural dialogue, social inclusion and solidarity. Therefore, through this project we would like to reach the following specific aims: - to support the social and educational growth of young people, promoting social inclusion, respect for the others, integration and diversity; - to encourage the integration of young people with fewer opportunities; - to encourage young people to lead an active life in a society where people are sedentary and inactive; - to promote the knowledge of other cultures and the comparison on the different behaviours and habits about nutrition and physical activity; - to support young people in creating a lifestyle based on health and wellbeing in a broader sense (physical, mental and social); The main activities of this project are two international exchanges that will be located in Italy and involve around seventy young people between 18 and 26 years old from Italy, Spain, Finland, Poland and Bulgaria. The participants will have the opportunity to experiment themselves in a context of non-formal education activities, debates about the wellness and lifestyle of the people, the reasons that bring unbalanced and careless diet and on the problems arising therefrom (overweight, obesity, and other diseases) and the solutions that can be adopted. To be more precise, the first exchange will be dedicated on the issue of sedentary life: we will organize outdoor activities (games on the beach, volleyball, beach soccer, water games, short boat trips) during which we will embroil the participants in activities for underline the advantages of sports and active life. In the meantime, we will arrange also round table of discussion and confrontation where every participants can explain and share their personal experience (habits, behaviours and ideas) about the advantages and disadvantages of a sedentary or dynamic life habits. Instead, during the second exchange, we will focus the attention on the theme of a correct nutrition way of life. Then, we will realize food education activities as for example cookery workshops and games where participants will learn some techniques and methods for cooking healthy, learn to know what are seasonal fruits and vegetables, what are the proper food combinations (consumption of meat, fruit, cheeses, pastas and grains, etc.) to a correct diet. Moreover we will organise moments of discussion among the participants and with professional and expert figure, for example regarding how to reach a correct food behaviour and then prevent serious health problem, such as heart diseases, obesity, anorexia or bulimia. There will be also cultural activities aimed at recognizing the elements that distinguish and approach participants: the spoken languages, daily habits and traditions, games on the culture of individual countries. The youths at the end of the project will acquire information and significant knowledge to change the way of thinking, acting in relation to health matters and will be more mindful of the problems that can lead to sedentary lifestyles and incorrect food behaviours. The participants will acquire and understand new habits that can change in better their lifestyle and, overall, they will have the opportunity to get a critical view and sensibilities about the media and spot messages coming from the marketing of food and beverages companies, which often influence people to have not healthy behaviours and habits. In addition they will increase awareness on the importance to identify common values with people from different countries in spite of their cultural differences and challenge viewpoints that perpetuate inequality and discrimination. Participants will be also able to work in team thanks to their active participation in the planning, preparation and implementation of the mobility activities.
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