#BEACTIVE IS A CALL TO ACTION TO GET EUROPEANS MOVING!
Rugby Europe is calling on everyone – regardless of age or background – to get physical! Rugby Europe] is backing the Europe-wide #BeActive campaign which promotes sport and exercise for healthier living.
Physical inactivity across Europe is stagnating and even declining in some countries, with a negative impact on people’s quality of life, as well as on the economy. According to the European Commission, the proportion of people who never exercise or play sport is worryingly high at 35%! Girls are more likely to do less exercise or sport than boys.
As part of the #BeActive campaign, the European Week of Sport (23-30 September) is organising events in X towns and cities in Europe. The events will focus on sport in schools, workplaces, outdoors, in sport clubs and fitness centres.
Since its launch five years ago, over 40 million people have taken part across 38 countries!
The European Commissioner responsible for Sport, Tibor Navracsics, added: “The lack of physical activity in our modern lifestyles leads to major health problems and costs our economies billions. We can all be active in different ways - from taking a short walk to running a marathon. I am calling on everyone to join us in the European Week of Sport.”
Finland, which currently holds the Presidency of the EU, will officially launch the Week on 23
September with an Opening Ceremony in Espoo.