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".
Two-days experience on the Benedetto’s Path - The third italian Multiplier Sport Event brings the Mew Project
On Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November, the third Italian Multiplier Sport Event of the MEW project, an experience of health and well-being between some of the most beautiful stops of the "San Benedetto Path", took place in Italy.
The two-days walk, organized in collaboration with FederTrek and Sentiero Verde Association, began early Saturday morning, with the departure of the bus that brought the participants from Rome to Castel di Tora, in the province of Rieti. The route of the first day, 16 km for 800 meters in altitude uphill and 600 downhill, ended in Orvinio.
Starting from the shores of Turano Lake, where to welcome the participants was also the Association "Walking with", the excursion began in an almost magical atmosphere, thanks to the fog that was the Rocca of Monte Antuni’s background. For about 6 hours the wonderful views of Navegna and Cervia Mountain Reserve and the most beautiful peaks of the central Apennines - from the Gran Sasso to the Terminillo - framed the path, which included a stop at the women's religious institute of the charity Sisters of Pozzaglia Sabina.
2ND MEETING OF THE VOLUNTEERS FOR THE MEW PROJECT ACTIVITY PROTOCOL EXPERIMENTATION
Between Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October, the 40 volunteers who started one month ago the experimentation of the activity protocol to fight sedentariness, developed within the European project “MEW”, took part in the first monitoring meeting.
At the Abitart Hotel in Rome, on Saturday afternoon most of them gave their feedback about the protocol application to trainers, psychologists and experts who are following the experimentation on behalf of Csen, Asl Rome 2 and University of the Studies of Rome Foro Italico.
After a first plenary reunion, the volunteers were divided into groups and worked on their motivation to participate in the experimentation and to reduce their sedentary lifestyle. Criticalities, benefits, impasse, changes and suggestions have been discussed, with the aim of obtaining the picture of the current situation and comparing it over time, to bring out any growth or decrease.
With the second Italian Multiplier Sport Event "Moving Rome!", the MEW project walked through the capital
On Sunday October 14th, the second Italian Multiplier Sport Event of the Mew Project, the events organized by CSEN in collaboration with FederTrek to promote free physical activity, able to improve the lifestyle of anyone and spread the project on which the National Educational Sports Center is working together with the University of Foro Italico, ASL Rome 2 and various European partners with the aim of fighting sedentariness, took place in Rome.
At the event, called “Moving Rome!” and organized as part of the FederTrek national initiative “National walking day", took part more than 250 participants, that crossed the capital walking for 18 km, starting at 8:30 in Conca d'Oro Square and arriving at the "City of the other Economy" at 16:30. The route passed through some of the most beautiful parks and places in the city, along alternative roads, cycle paths and historical streets. The first stop was at the Delle Valli Park, then the route continued on the cycle path that goes up to Salaria Street, crossed Villa Ada Park, had a short stop nearby the Bioparco and arrived in the middle of Villa Borghese Park, where the participants enjoyed a break with a picnic lunch thereabout the lake. From there, after a look out from the Pincio terrace and a stop in Piazza del Popolo, the walking lovers skirted the river Tiber using the cycle paths until reach Testaccio district. In the end, the atmosphere of serenity and friendship came up during the walk culminated in a wine and food tasting of typical organic products from Norcia and Castelluccio, with the possibility of buying some of the products from those earthquake areas. Finally, the organizers distributed the questionnaires to investigate the participants’ lifestyle and their motivation for taking part in the event, gave the Mew-branded water bottle to all those who returned the questionnaire filled in, illustrated all the phases of the Mew Project and the upcoming appointments with the next Italian Multiplier Sport Events organized by Csen and Federtrek.
THE EXPERIMENTATION OF THE MEW PROTOCOL HAS BEGUN IN ITALY
On September 29th, the meeting that kicked off the italian experimentation of the activity protocol developed by Csen, together with the University of Foro Italico, the ASL ROME 2 and the European partners within the MEW Project, took place at the Abitart Hotel in Rome.
During the event, after the presentation and the welcome greetings, the 40 participants recruited between 30 and 55 years old troughout Italy to follow the MEW protocol’s indications and advice to say goodbye to their sedentary lifestyle received the project kit (with t-shirt, pedometer, towel, water bottle and other gadgets), the 1st month protocol and the logbook, to be filled in daily.
The trainer who will follow the volounteers - both individually and in groups - has presented herself and let them try out the exercises of the first period, both those who will follow the training frontally and those who will follow them in streaming, as they live in different Regions of Italy. Finally, the participants learned about the dates of the meetings that will be held in Rome monthly, during wich the progress will be assessed, the protocol of the following month will be delivered and explained and any change to be made to the working method will be evaluated.
As a medical support, ANIAD Onlus (National Association of Italian Diabetic Athletes) took the responsability to monitor the participants’ health status before and after the experimentation and gave them during the event the initial questionnaires (including the Tuomilehto questionnaire), that will be accompanied by the blood analysis.
The meeting ended with a group picture of the participants, who will face this journey towards well-being together for six months, and a good luck for the first month of changes in their lifestyle.
"Kalabria Coast to Coast" kickoff the italian Multiplier Sport Events of the MEW Project
The first italian Multiplier Sport Event of the MEW Project, "Kalabria Coast to Coast" 2018, took place on Sunday September 23rd. The 35 km walk organized by Kalabria Trekking Association has seen more than 300 people walking from the Ionian coast to the Tyrrhenian coast through a breathtaking path. The route, which involved 6 Municipalities, started at 8:00 am in San Vito sullo Ionio, stopped at Lake Acero, at "Castagnara" forest Chalet in Monterosso Calabro and at the naturalistic oasis of Lake Angitola, and finally ended around 8:30 pm in Pizzo, where the participants have been welcomed by the final party with ethno-pop concert and Calabrian typical products tasting.
The event, come now at its 6th edition, has succeeded even this year in involving young and old, men and women, coming from everywhere to share the same passion for nature and outdoor sports. The walk, which at the same time promotes the Italian territory and gives value to its beauties, already gets prepared for the next year with a longer and more structured formula, with 55 km divided into two days - has anticipated the President of the Association Lorenzo Boseggia at the end of the walk.
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