European Public Health WEEK
13-17 May 2019
|Celebrating healthy populations|
Monday 13 May:
BECOMING, BEING AND REMAINING PHYSICALLY ACTIVE
Motto of the day: “I like to move it, move it.”
The subthemes of this day were: Activity friendly environments; work and health; rehabilitation; sickness absence; healthy ageing; social security benefits.
Events on this day
Several organisations and citizens interested in public health organised activities on this day.
You can also check the full list of events (search for Monday 13 May).
- Physical activity is very easy if you make walking to work, cycling or taking the stairs a deliberate part of your daily routine.
- Physical activity and participation in sports have been proven to be beneficial for mental health, depression, and social inclusion.
- Being physically active in younger years and continuing in later years contributes to healthy ageing.
- Physical activity helps older people to achieve better quality of life, independence, maintenance of mobility, better performance in daily tasks, better cognitive function, better mood, lower risk for frailty, and lower mortality.
- Health, education, sports, urban planning and transport sectors, as well as the workplace, community groups and the media benefit directly from investing in the physical activity of their customers, workers and students.
- Employees who are physically active are healthier, happier, and less likely to take sick days. By promoting physical activity and active travel, employers can improve staff wellbeing, increase work attendance and decrease job stress.
Find more facts and figures here.
- WHO Publications on physical activity (available in English and Russian)
- Rehabilitation 2030 - Meeting Report (WHO)
- Make physical activity a part of daily life during all stages of life (WHO)
- Rehabilitation in health systems (WHO)
- Nutrition and physical activity: pilot projects funded by the European Parliament
- High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical activity – Key deliverables (European Commission)
- Calorie consumption and physical activity engagement (European Commission)
- Initiatives on Nutrition and Physical Activity (European Commission)
- Nutrition and physical activity guidelines for different populations 2018 (European Commission)
- Promoting Physical Activity in Children, the Role of Physiotherapists - January 2018 (Wold Federation of Physical Therapists - European Region)
- Leading an active life in later years (Royal College of Occupational Therapists)
- 'On The Move' campaign - every journey needs a first step (European Pain Federation - EFIC)
Visual materials for social media
How much do Europeans exercise? (Source: European Commission, 2017)
Make physical activity a part of daily life during all stages of life (Source: WHO Regional Office for Europe)
Partners of this day: