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Children and physical inactivity
Physical inactivity is one of the main modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease and setting healthy habits early in life is essential to stay healthy through all ages. Being active in a big city can be challenging, which is why the Children in the City programme has been developed to encourage children (7-12 years old) living in low-income urban neighbourhoods to be more active and improve their attitude and knowledge on physical activity.
The pilot projects
Together with our national members, the World Heart Federation (WHF) successfully piloted the programme in cities across five European countries, following the same approach which starts from the needs of children and parents in a specific setting. The main barriers to physical activity as well as potential triggers were identified through surveys, research and insight from local partners. Based on the data collected, a number of simple, cost-effective and easily replicable interventions were designed to address those barriers, and then piloted and evaluated in each country.
Advocating for physical activity
The data and experience collected represented an opportunity for national partners to reach to their local authorities and advocate for better infrastructures and policies encouraging physical activity in children.
WHF is also disseminating this set of best practice in our network. We hope that this portfolio of cost-effective interventions will inspire WHF members, physical activity advocates and other civil society members to replicate the programme or some of its activities, and start their own project to promote physical activity in children and help reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease.
Read the case studies below to learn more about the programme and its implementation in five countries
You can find a link to more resources at the end of each of the case study above
Tiny Hearts of Maldives pilot new physical activity programme for schoolchildren
Increasing awareness of the cardiovascular consequences of obesity
Report from WHF-IDF event on CVD in people with diabetes now available
Diabetes & CVD: A Global Analysis
CVD Advocacy Toolkit - The Road to 2018