Getting people out of their chairs: new initiative to promote physical activity in Europe
The European Commission adopted today an initiative on health-enhancing physical activity which is the first ever proposal for a Council Recommendation on sport. Sport and physical activity help people to stay physically and mentally fit by combating excessive weight and obesity and preventing related health conditions.
Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for sport said: "Much more can be done through our policies to encourage people to get out of their chairs. This initative is an important milestone in the Commission's efforts to promote health-enhancing physical activity in the EU. We propose to Member States to take measures across all those policy sectors that can enable citizens' to be or to become physically active. One key element of our proposal is to help Member States to trace developments and identify trends regarding their national efforts to promote sport and physical activity. By acting together with the Member States we will reduce the significant costs arising from by the lack of physical activity in Europe".