EuropeActive's president, Sir Graham Watson, moderated the European Commission's Seminar on Healthy Lifestyle in Tartu Estonia today. This exlusive occasion helped launch the European Week of Sport 2017 and ended with a Call for Healthy Lifestyles from the European Commissioners of Education, Culture, Sport, Health and Food Safety and Agriculture and Rural Developments to come together and promote the importance of healthy lifestyles.
The Seminar was attended by high-level officials from the European Commission and International sports and health organisations came together to launch the European Week of Sport 2017 under the Estonian Presidency of the European Council. There was an engaging round table discussion on "what does a healthy lifestyle mean and what are the essential ways to live healthy" and "how to enable the environment - make the healthy option the easy option".
The president of EuropeActive, Sir Graham Watson, had the honour to moderate the event which concluded by Commissioners Tibor Navracsics, Vytenis Andriukaitis and Director at DG Agriculture and Rural Development, Mario Milouchev, pledge to come together and promote the importance of healthy lifestyles.
This pledge from the Commissioners fully supports EuropeActive's position to get More People, More Active, More Often and Sir Graham commented that “there is now a new direction emerging and more coordinated action to help turn the tide of inactivity. With the support of these three Directorates we can see the serious intention of the Commission to make a positive contribution at a European level to promoting the importance of active lifestyles.”
This direction also fits with the question proposed by EuropeActive through Marian Harkin, Member of the European Parliament, to the European Commission to evaluate the progress done by the Commission on the coordination of Directorates to increse the number of citizens exercising in Europe.
EuropeActive and the fitness sector are contributing to the European Week of Sport 2017 and its #BEACTIVE campaign with the National Fitness Days. Thanks to the support of strategic partners and national fitness associations, thousands of fitness clubs across Europe will open their doors for free visits, conferences, outdoor activities, group exercises and more from the 22nd to the 30th September 2017.
For continuous updates and more information, visit EuropeActive's blog.
Photographs from the event may be found on the EuropeActive Facebook page.
EuropeActive, formerly known as the European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA), is the leading not-for-profit organisation and the unique voice representing the whole of the European health and fitness sector. Its mission is not just to turn back the tide of inactivity but to ensure that more and more people get active as a result of an effective synergy between all the sector’s actors.
The European health & fitness sector serves over 56.4 million consumers, generates €26.3 billion in revenues, employs 650,000 people and consists of 54,710 facilities.
For further information, please visit www.europeactive.eu
Nathalie Smeeman, Executive Director
About National Fitness Days
EuropeActive is coordinating the National Fitness Days (NFD), the annual celebration of fitness and physical activity across Europe. In 2017, the National Fitness Days will be held in different countries across Europe from 23rd to 30th September.
The National Fitness Days are the part of the European Week of Sport - a European initiative which promotes sports and physical activity and inspire Europeans to #BEACTIVE on a regular basis, regardless of age, background and fitness level.
The National Fitness Days will represent the contribution of the fitness sector to the European Week of Sport: it will be an opportunity to present the economic and social potential of fitness. Countries and (fitness) clubs are free to organise one-day event(s) during the European Week of Sport ranging from open-door events to new club opening celebrations.
For further information, please visit www.europeactive.eu/events/NFD17
Francesco Capuani, EU Project Officer