ON THE MOVE
Start date: Jan 1, 2016,
End date: Jun 30, 2017
The proposed project titled ON THE MOVE aims to contribute to raising awareness of the need for physical activity as the basis of healthy lifestyle by changing habits of preschool children and their families. The reason for undertaking this project is to tackle the challenges of growing obesity among preschool children in developing countries involved in the project and to raise awareness about importance of active lifestyle and healthy nutrition in all project partner countries (Croatia, Malta, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Portugal and Slovenia). This is to be done by including children from an early age (4 – 7 years; primarily those who are overweight, obese or with low level of physical activity) into regular sports activities accompanied by indoor and outdoor activities with their parents and workshops on healthy nutrition and cooking at weekends. It combines physical activity and balanced diet as the most effective way to increase general health, mental development and performance in children and reduce the risk of obesity. The main activity of the project is execution of pilot programmes in Croatia, Malta, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Portugal and Slovenia, designed by experts in kinesiology, nutrition and health according to age and fitness level of participants. Intention of designed programme is among other introducing children to elements of basic sports (athletics, gymnastics and swimming) in order to boost their physical, cognitive and academic development and to create healthy habits at early age. The partnership is consisted of 7 organizations from 6 European countries - a mix of public bodies with access to decision makers, educational and health institutions, sports organizations with experience in working with children and promoting grassroot sports to all generations, and organizations specialized in raising awareness about the importance of physical activity and healthy food and nutrition is best suited to achieve the goals set for this project.
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