Taking place every year from 23 to 30 September, the European Week of Sport helps millions of people across the world build healthier lifestyles.
This year, the European Commission developed the campaign #BeActiveAtHome to respond to the recent pandemic and to raise awareness of how important an active lifestyle is for everyone, especially in these challenging circumstances.
Being active and eating healthily are two cornerstones of diabetes management, which have been severely shaken by the response to the COVID-19 crisis. To tackle the challenges of keeping physically active and eating healthily in these difficult times, IDF Europe released, at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, a publication on “Nutrition and physical activity”. This provides information on healthy eating and cooking and gives suggestions on exercises that can be performed at home. The publication can be found here.
IDF Europe also shared information about “Sports & Diabetes”, a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. A collaboration between IDF Europe and five sports clubs across Europe, HAŠK Mladost (Croatia), Lazio Volley (Italy), Olympiacos SFP (Greece), TSV Bayer 04 (Germany) and Wiener Sport Club (Austria), the project aims to uncover the barriers to participation in sports through a survey of youths, their parents, coaches and gym teachers, and educate all stakeholders in promoting the inclusion of youths living with diabetes in sporting activities. For more information about the project and to take the survey, follow this link.
IDF Europe also presented “Tour Ruote Blu 2020”, an initiative led by ANIAD, one of IDF Europe’s member associations in Italy. The Bike Tour consisted of a six-stage mini-tour for 14 non-professional cyclists with Type 1 Diabetes coming from different regions in Italy, starting from Tivoli on September 6 and ending at Castelnuovo del Garda on September 11, with a final stage running along lake Garda.
The Bike Tour aimed to encourage everyone to use exercise and sports as a powerful tool to lower the risk of developing diabetes and other chronic diseases and to manage the conditions. It also provided the opportunity to explain the health risks associated with sedentary lifestyles. The tour was a successful way of promoting key health messages by involving people of all ages and encouraging exciting exchange of ideas and experiences. Find out more about the Aniad Bike tour here.