It is now a tradition to officially open the European Week of Sport with the Presidency of the Council of EU. This year, Estonia welcomed the kick-off of the Week in Tartu.

Three Commissioners have agreed, for the first time, to join their efforts to promote healthy lifestyle in Europe: Mr. Tibor Navracsics, the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr. Vytenis Andriukaitis, the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety and Mr. Mario Milouchev on behalf of Mr. Phil Hogan, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.

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A seminar on healthy lifestyle was organized on September 22 by Mr. Navracsics who wants to focus on the importance of sport and healthy lifestyle. Among the different activities of the seminar, there were two roundtables on “What does healthy lifestyle mean; how can we live more healthy lives?” and “Enabling the environment – make the healthy option the easy option?” Different organizations such as WHO and EASO, and some NGOs were participating to these roundtables including EHLA.

Jean-Claude Coubard, Chairman of EHLA, congratulated the three Commissioners for this novel and unique initiative which allows to break silos in order to be more cohesive in the promotion of healthy lifestyle habits in Europe. Then, he answered several questions on EHLA position which is illustrated by the slogan “Eat well, drink well, move”, highlighting the importance of physical activity and sport.

He also stressed the importance of developing education campaigns based on the three pillars of the slogan, in particular to fight the European epidemic of obesity and chronic societal diseases as already pointed out by the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety. Finally, Jean-Claude Coubard concluded with the presentation of the healthy lifestyle pyramid which is a simple tool to help people to change their behaviors.

The seminar ended with the presentation of the “Tartu call for a healthy lifestyle”, which is a call for joint actions that will stimulate a healthy lifestyle, particularly in children, over the next two years.

The call signed

Therefore, an important meeting for Europe preceded the official launch of the European Week of Sport on Saturday 23, in the Tartu Sport Park where several hundreds of participants, mainly kids, adolescents and their parents participated in a cycling festival.

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