At the occasion of a seminar on healthy lifestyle organised by the European Commission as part of the official opening of the 2017 European Week of Sport in Tartu, Estonia, European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, responsible for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, released the Tartu Call for a Healthy Lifestyle, together with Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, in charge of Health and Food Safety, and Director Mr Mario Milouchev, representing Commissioner Hogan, in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development

Commissioner Navracsics highlighted childhood obesity and the prevalence of poor health conditions amongst the less privileged in society as the key challenges ahead. He also emphasised how sedentary and unhealthy habits are detrimental both to individuals and to society as a whole. The rise in obesity and other illnesses resulting from inactivity poses a real and urgent threat to our healthcare systems and economic stability.

An active lifestyle, on the other hand, is not only proven to improve health and wellbeing, but also to boost academic potential and professional success. Promoting a healthy diet can also help ensure a safe and sustainable food supply.

Educating people about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, increasing investment in sport projects and widening dialogue on health and physical activity emerged as some of the key priorities for action over the next two years. With the European Week of Sport underway across Europe, the Commissioner’s statement could not have been more timely. With sport events and conferences taking place across the continent, the Week could prove crucial in inspiring Europeans to respond to the Tartu call to action.