The “Tango for all” project team has established the following objectives:
Today’s European youth is not as active as previous generations. Children are less physically active at age fifteen than they were at age eleven, and childhood obesity is on the rise.
Schools offer some of the best opportunities for children to engage in regular physical activity, particularly for those who come from families that lack the means to access such opportunities elsewhere. Early education is a good starting point for children to begin developing positive habits that they can carry on into adulthood.
The vast majority of jobs in the EU have a low overall energy demand. In a typical working day, we spend between five and six hours sitting at our desks
The workplace is an ideal setting in which to reach a large portion of the population and encourage them to challenge sedentary lifestyles. Healthly employees save employers’ money because employees that are more physically active tend to be more productive and to take fewer sick days.
Employers can play an important role in empowering employees to be active by providing opportunities through initiatives like wellbeing programmes.
There are ample opportunities in urban and rural areas to active outdoors that many Europeans are unaware of or unable to access.
The urban environment offers many opportunities for sport and physical activitysuch as safe open spaces, bike lanes, walking paths and running tracks, parks or playgrounds. Rural areas, and the great outdoors, provide attractive, accessible and free spaces in which to get moving. Walking, jogging, hiking, swimming are just a few possibilities.
Efforts made by local authorities and urban planners to improve access to, and the quality of, outdoor spaces can encourage more people to take advantage of what is available close to home to be more physically active.
Sport clubs and fitness centres play an important role in encouraging physical activity by offering equipment and classes in safe, fun and engaging settings.
Sport clubs have a broader societal role to play. They support social inclusion and more cohesive communities by enabling people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to get together and have fun. They give young people a chance to gain skills and competences outside of formal education.
Collaboration with schools, workplaces and local authorities can enable sport clubs and fitness centres to reach a wider and more diverse audience. Such an approach helps people squeeze in more opportunities to be active in their daily life and contributes to building healthier communities.