#BeActive is a call to action to get Europeans moving.

beactiveThe European Week of Sport aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. The week is for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. With a focus on grassroots initiatives, it will inspire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in people’s everyday lives to exercise more.

#BeActive kids can be smarter, healthier and more confident.

Today’s European youth is not as active as previous generations. Children are less physically active at age fifteen than they were at age eleven, and childhood obesity is on the rise.
WHO- Social determinants of health and well-being among young people – Health behaviour in school-aged children (HBSC).

Children and youth should ideally be physically active at least 60 minutes a day . Schools offer some of the best opportunities for children to engage in regular physical activity, particularly for those who come from families that lack the means to access such opportunities elsewhere. Early education is also a good starting point for children to begin developing positive habits that they can carry on into adulthood.

There are many ways for children and young people to be active in nursery, school, college or university settings, from choosing an active commute, to PE classes and active breaks, to sitting down less in all subject classes!

Using educational environments to improve habits around sport and physical activity can help to build more active generations and is a valuable investment in the future of our society and economy. Parents and teachers have an important role to play in helping children and young people to get moving more both inside and outside the classroom.

To get everyone in your school active this autumn check out the latest Activ8 60x60 Challenge - Go Outdoors which starts on Monday 28 September and runs until 23 October 2015

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