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AnGeL - Anlauf- und Koordinierungsstelle für Gesundheitsbewusstes Leben (Drop-in and Coordination Centre for Healthy Living) (DE)

AnGeL is a project set up to prevent obesity during childhood. The target group is children aged between 0 and 10 years within their social environment and with the involvement of their families and all facilitators. The project operates in the city, district and region of Nordhausen in north Thuringia. It specialises in education on diet and exercise as well as practical provision for the prevention of malnutrition and a lack of physical activity in the form of courses, teaching modules and various project activities organised in children’s day care establishments, primary schools and special schools. The AnGeL team comprises a dietician, a nutritionist, a physiotherapist and a business economist. AnGeL is backed by HORIZONT e.V., an association for the care, support and education of...» more

Verbandsgemeinde Hillesheim (Hillesheim Administrative District) (DE)

The administrative association ran the only project in Rhineland-Palatinate to win the national “Eat better. Exercise more” competition, and spent 3 years testing out measures designed to prevent obesity in children. Another 2 years are required if individual campaigns that have not as yet fully taken root are to become firmly established. Numerous individual schemes run by schools, nurseries, clubs, associations and private initiatives have been combined and networked. The central element is a system of allowances which rewards children for “healthy” activities. Children can collect them individually or in groups (classes, clubs etc.) and can choose their own rewards.» more

AGIL®-Aktiver, Gesünder is(s)t leichter ((Eats) easier to be healthier and more active) (DE)

Prevention – Equality of opportunity – Health promotion. With the backing of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, we have spent three years developing and testing the AGIL® prevention programme for children’s day care facilities and schools. We have been supported in this by our network partners, the Departments of Health, Youth and Family in the city of Aachen, paediatricians, psychiatrists, sport scientists, motor skills teachers and nutrition consultants. We can now offer AGIL® to all interested children’s day care facilities and schools. The schools can offer AGIL both as part of the curriculum and for those who attend school all day. AGIL® moderators will then visit the establishment every week to teach the children practical cookery skills in a fun way...» more

Purzelbaum - Physically Active Kindergarten (CH)

Movement and physical activity is something that children love. The project Purzelbaum should ensure that movement continues to be fun in kindergarten, also integrating the topic nutrition. The project was developed in the Canton Basel-Stadt in 2004 and then passed on in coaching sessions to Zurich, Bern and St. Gallen. Since 2009 RADIX (Centre of Excellence for Health Promotion and Prevention) has had the multiplication rights to the "Purzelbaum" project and has coached all 16 Cantons in the realisation of this programme. » more

The City’s Green Pulse (DK)

The City’s Green Pulse is a green walking and running route for use by all citizens of Copen-hagen. The city established the first of several exercise and experience routes around the city in 2008. The routes are collectively known as “The City’s Green Pulse” and serve to connect parks and green areas, starting with Nørrebro, the Northwest area and Bronshøj. The routes take users through quiet streets and roads with limited car traffic and lead to the city’s green and blue oases. Two additional routes are also planned for Amager and Vesterbro-Kongens Enghave-Valby.» more

Neighbourhood sports complex (DK)

Studies indicate that distance to sports facilities plays a major role in terms of athletic participation for both children and adults. When children in particular are not physically active, the rea-son cited is often distance to sports facilities (neighbourhood principle). In order to address this, Culture and Leisure seeks to establish small, easily accessible and open sports facilities near citizens’ homes, the so-called neighbourhood sports principle. In order to do so, the administration has put together an idea catalogue with suggestions for “10 neighbourhood sports facilities that will move you!”. The 10 suggestions have individual pro-files based on a selected theme, and they appeal to various target groups, primarily children and youth. » more

Go-Active (DK)

The project “Go-Active” is funded by the Ministry of Health and run by DGI Byen (DGI City) – a popular venue for cultural and corporate events and sport. Many children stop moving when they enter their teenage years. This is especially true when it comes to socially disadvantaged children. The Go-Active health project focuses on these chil-dren, and its purpose is to promote physical activity and growth among children in the Vester-bro area of Copenhagen. Go-Active is to be established in cooperation with schools, recreation centres and clubs, so that the project meets the children where they are in life and on their terms.» more

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