Social innovation to improve physical activity and sedentary behaviour through elite European football clubs: European Fans in Training

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Contract/Grant agreement number
: 602170
EC contribution
: € 5,957,158.00
: 60 months
Starting date
: 01/11/2013
: Social innovation, Physical activity, Sedentary behaviour, Diet, Men, Overweight, Obesity, Intervention, Football.
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High risks of inactive and sedentary lifestyles: Inactive and sedentary lifestyles are pandemic. In the WHO European Region, physical inactivity (failure to meet current activity guidelines) accounts for around a million deaths per year (about 10% of the total), 8.3 million disability-adjusted life-years and causes 5.5% of the burden of disease from coronary heart disease, 6.8% from type 2 diabetes, 9.3% from breast cancer, and 9.8% from colon cancer.

High levels of sedentary behaviour (waking time spent sitting/reclining with low energy expenditure) are also associated with adverse health outcomes and all-cause mortality [6]. High levels of sedentary behaviour and low physical activity are associated with other risk factors for ill health such as poor diet and obesity.

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