At the MOVE Congress 2017 closing session on Friday 6 October, ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg led an open panel discussion together with ISCA North America Chair Jayne Greenberg, Pauline Harper from EPODE International and Rose-Marie Repond from EUPEA on the WHO’s recent draft of a Global Action Plan for Physical Activity.
So along with making physical moves to encourage others to get active, it is also important for the delegates to take political action and make strategic moves to get support for their work. And documents such as the WHO Global Action Plan should be embraced as powerful advocacy tools, he said.
“The action for me is first advocacy – action that will draw more political attention and resources to our sector,” Schouenborg said. “We need to say that we know something needs to happen, here’s the solution, and with our help we can make it happen.”
Although Dr Greenberg said she could see promising steps towards a culture of “walking, biking and the use of active spaces”, all of the panellists agreed that there is still a lot to be done to facilitate active behaviours.
Stay tuned for news about the next MOVE Congress in 2019 – and in the meantime, what will you be working on to enable people to exercise their human right to MOVE?
Article by Rachel Payne, ISCA
Photos by Georgi Lazarov, Punkt
At the MOVE Congress 2017 closing session on Friday 6 October, ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg led an open panel discussion together with ISCA North America Chair Jayne Greenberg, Pauline Harper from EPODE International and Rose-Marie Repond from EUPEA on the WHO’s recent draft of a Global Action Plan for Physical Activity. So along with making physical moves to encourage others to get active, it is also important for the delegates to take political action and make strategic moves to get
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