2017 European Week of Sport encourages schools and children to #BeActive

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The European Week of Sport is the largest European campaign to promote sport and physical activity, encouraging people across the EU to embrace an active and healthy lifestyle. The 2017 event saw 13 million people participate in over 35,000 events across Europe, making this the most successful Week to date.

In addition, the European School Sport Day, which took place on 29 September, was dedicated to ‘getting schools on the move’ by providing opportunities for children to be active at school.

Research shows that being active makes students healthier and better learners in the classroom. Inclusive team sport is also a fun way of boosting school spirit, fostering social inclusion and developing students’ social competencies.

Two million participants in 7,000 schools took part in this year’s event, as schoolchildren across Europe were encouraged to play sport. The Day was inspired by the Hungarian School Sport Federation’s School Sport Day programme, which has been organised for the last 10 years. This year, Commissioner Navracsics visited Hungary to witness excellent initiatives to get schoolchildren moving.

As part of the 2017 official launch in Estonia, three European Commissioners released the Tartu Call for a Healthy Lifestyle, stressing the urgent need for Europeans to change their sedentary habits and unhealthy diets to safeguard not only their health and wellbeing, but also Europe’s economy and healthcare systems.

Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics stressed in particular the need to tackle growing rates of childhood obesity in Europe and educate children and young adults about the importance of a balanced diet and regular physical activity.

The aim is to get more children to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle in 2018.

Watch the highlights from the 2017 European Week of Sport and learn more about the campaign on the #BeActive website. More information on the European School Sport Day is also available on its website.