COMING SOON: Local Dissemination Events of Project Ouputs and Results
A series of public events are going to be held in all countries involved in the MEW project in order to disseminate the project results and outputs.
During each event the book Movement Environment Well-being and the Model of Action will be illustrated and copies distributed to participants. Furthermore, the European Network for Health will be presented in order to attract more affiliations and involve people interested in a more active, healthy and environment-friendly life-style.
Events are scheduled as follows:
13 November 2019
Location: Leeds University, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds (UK)
Time: 2 pm
Organizer: International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE)
Additional info: stakeholders, ICCE members, local clubs and Leeds Beckett University colleagues and students are especially invited to take part!
28 November 2019
Location: “Spiikiizi”, grey room. Krišjāņa Valdemāra iela 17A, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
Time: 6 pm
Organizer: Balthic Youth Way
28 November 2019
Location: Politecnico de Guarda, Guarda, Portugal
Time: 6 pm- 8.30
Organizer: Politécnico de Guarda, Portugal
Additional info: the event will include a 1 and 1/2 hour walk
4 December 2019
Location: Sala Ferdinando Agnini, Viale Adriatico 136, Roma (Italy)
Time: 10 am
Organizers: CSEN (Centro Sportivo Educativo Nazionale), University of Rome Foro Italico, ASL Roma 2, MEW Italy
14 December 2019
Location: Città dell’altra economia, Largo Dino Roma (Italy)
Time: 3 pm
Organizers: CSEN (Centro Sportivo Educativo Nazionale), University of Rome Foro Italico, ASL Roma 2 and MEW Italy
Amsterdam 11 October 2019: Establishment of the European Network for Health
In the historical 1928 Hall of the Amsterdam Olympic Stadium, volunteers from eight EU countries, staff of the organizations involved in the MEW project and general public gathered on 11 October 2019 for a public event organized by IMBA Europe. Italy, Portugal and Romania were represented by a remarkable number of volunteers.
During the event, two outputs of the project, the MEW book and the Model of Action, a practical guide to increase physical activity levels, were illustrated and distributed among participants.
Volunteers gave their testimonies of the experience with the experimentation of a programme to become more active and lead a healthier life, showing the impressive results they have achieved also as to psychological and social wellbeing. Trainers and staff of involved organizations gave their contribution with oral presentations, conveying the passion they had put in the project activities.
Volunteers were awarded the official certificate of “Volunteer of Sport” and undersigned the memorandum of association of the European Network for Health. This Network, which is the final output of the MEW project, will keep on delivering the message of the MEW project and will organize initiatives aimed at increasing physical activity levels in Europe, together with healthy and environment-friendly life styles.
11 October - FINAL MEETING IN AMSTERDAM
On 11 October 2019 the final international meeting of the MEW project will take place in Amsterdam.
The venue is the famous Olympic Stadium.
During the event, the book Movement Environment Wellbeing. Increasing Physical Activity and Improving Quality of Life book and the Model of Action. A Practical Guide to Increase Physical Activity Levels and Boost Wellbeing will be presented and distributed. Volunteers from the project countries will sign the memorandum of association of the European Network for Health, which will ensure continuity to activities and impact after the project conclusion.
Transnational Meeting in Riga (Latvia)
The second transnational meeting of the MEW project took place in Riga (Latvia) on 20, 21 and 22 May 2019, thanks to the organization of the Latvian partner Baltic Youthway. The meeting venue was a co-working office in a very central area of the city. During the workshop, participants analysed the results of the Our_Tasks and My_Tasks campaigns, defined the Model of Action, agreed on tasks assignments for the MEW book, planned the next steps towards the final event in Amsterdam in October 2019.
Last but not least, apart from working, participants were able to admire the beauty of the Hanseatic city of Riga and enjoyed warm temperatures (up to 27 °C) and sunny days, which are quite unusual for this time of the year.
4TH MEETING OF THE VOLUNTEERS FOR THE MEW PROJECT ACTIVITY PROTOCOL EXPERIMENTATION
The volunteers who are carrying out the experimentation of the Mew Project activity protocol to fight sedentariness, after the mid-term meeting of december, met for the fourth time on saturday 12th of January.
At the appointment of December, that represented the exact half of the experimentation period, the mid-term survey was conducted using three different tools: the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ), the Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire - short version (Q-LES-QSF) (both able to measure perceptions and sensations in response to protocol application) and the recorded interview conducted using a questions battery designed by ICSSPE - International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education, in course of analysis by the University of the Foro Italico and subject of a report that will be drawn up by the same German partner.
After one month from the survey, at the Abitart Hotel in Rome, the volunteers met again for the first meeting of the second quarter of experimentation.
From the discussion about the progress of the training sheets application, has been emerged a widespread difficulty of the volunteers in carrying out push-ups; than the exercises have been simplified by reducing the workload or replaced by alternative proposals.
The worksheets have been integrated with movements, always simple to execute and adaptable to everyone's daily life, aimed to strengthen legs and to complete the proposal made so far with exercise for chest, arms and abdominals.
"From the physical point of view there are people who have lost weight and started to feel their body differently, describing the experience of different sensations and languages. Some have talked about muscles that didn’t think to had before, assigning also a specific function to the exercises learned" revealed the Trainer who follows the group Maurizio Paradisi, reporting some of the improvements observed.
After the physical activities, the coaches made some sport-ricreational proposals, such as role-playing games and group experiences, aimed to improve the relationship skills: competences that have so far shown an important role in the perception of a psycho-physical wellbeing improvement by volunteers, despite the role of such dynamics is often underestimated within the discourse on the contrast to sedentariness.
The group, for instance, unanimously expressed the desire to include in the program an out-of-town trip at the end of the experimentation, in order to combine the final meeting and measurements with social and convivial moments and an outdoor walk to do all together.
Finally, meditation exercises to activate the concentration before doing physical activities were explained and the work on motivation, another key factor that has emerged so far, continued. In fact, during the discussions emerged the fear of losing motivation, technical and social support once the experimentation will be completed and participants expressed a willingness to continue together the work carried out so far, for example organizing small groups of people living nearby, who can continue to follow the directions of the protocol and support each other.
The Italian Multiplier Sport Events of the MEW Project ended at Cittaducale
The fourth and last italian multiplier sport event of the European project to fight sedentariness colled “MEW Project” took place on Sunday, December 2nd 2018, and combined physical activity in nature, psychophysical wellbeing and fun in the beautiful medieval town of Cittaducale.
The excursion, organized by FederTrek and the GEP - Hiking Group of the Province of Rome Association, in collaboration with ANIAD, was conceived with two different itineraries, in order to be walkable by anyone: one longer and hiking (10 km, with 250 meters in altitude); the other simpler and for everyone (5 km, 100 meters in altitude).
The first started in Paterno village and crossed the forest in a silent path painted with characteristic autumn colors. The second began directly from the ancient Baths of Vespasiano, dating back to the second century B.C. and functioning until the 4th century A.D. In addition to walking surrounded by nature, the event has in fact provided for the exploration of finds of villas, baths and ancient Roman roads, which have captivated all those present.
The two itineraries converged in the town of Cittaducale, where Maria Domenica Calvani, the local guide, shown all the wonders guarded by the jewel of Lazio: from the Monastery of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria to the Cathedral, passing through the adjacent Bishop palace of the seventeenth century until the main square tower which, especially with the evocative lighting of the evening, always gives a fascinating atmosphere.
The lunch was consumed inside the refectory of the Monastery of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, where the participant could tasted local delicacies. Afterwards, the association ANIAD - Italian National Association of Diabetic Athletes, informed all present of the risks and conditions that triggered diabetes, a disease that is increasingly spreading in Italy. The intervening physicians distributed the questionnaires able to evaluate the disease risk and predisposition and were willing for further controls, where an high risk emerged.
A warm greeting based on delicious sweets and a quick visit to the Christmas market with local and based on Trentino’s inspiration handcrafts were the last moments of the day, before leaving for the capital.
"The rediscovery of an healthy, conscious and in company lifestyle had distinguished also this last experience of the MEW project and I am very satisfied with how people reacted, setting up a wonderful atmosphere of well-being, serenity and joy that made the time and kilometers fly even for those who did not think to could make it" commented Alessia Cella, guide of GEP association who, together with Gianluca Paloni and other guides, organized the event. Alessia Cella is also a volunteer who is participating in the experimentation of the activity protocol developed within the project and at the end of the event she underlined: "the synergy created between Federtrek and Csen for the MEW project is a winning strategy to promote an healthy lifestyle and I’m grateful for have being part of the organization of those events, free and open to everyone, which had the aim of spreading all this. But I am doubly grateful for the opportunity to give my personal contribution to a research that aims to identify a scientific model that can improve people's well-being, through a lifestyle in which I firmly believe, also made of experiences in nature and shared with others".
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