On Tuesday 19 February, at the Hotel Atlantic in Borgaro Torinese, a conference was held during which the Director of our Committee Roberto Rinaldi and Project Manager Francesca Di Feo officially presented the PACE project.
Acronym of Physical ACtivity Enhancement and English translation of rhythm, the project is funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus + Sport program: for 18 months it will see in the front row the Committee that will collaborate with the Miguel Hernandez University of Elche from Spain, and 3 European non-profit sports organizations: the Bulgarian Courage Foundation, the Polish Gdynia Sports Center and the Romanian AJSPT Suceava. “PACE is in line with one of the most current priorities for the European Commission, namely the promotion of health through physical activity. Our project aims to awaken interest in sport and physical activity in the 50-75 age group, to which unfortunately little attention is often paid. But we believe it is essential to work on these subjects to guarantee them a healthier third age, since while life expectancy has increased in subjects over 50, the risk of chronic non-communicable diseases has risen – like diabetes , obesity, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic and neurodegenerative pulmonary pulmonary diseases – and of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal disorders ”. In fact, the 2018 Eurobarometer data on sporting activities are not very encouraging. Bulgaria has 68% of inactive people, followed by Italy with 63%, Romania with 62% and Poland with 56%. Of the partners involved in the project only Spain has a percentage below 50%, or 46%, although it remains high. During these 18 months the different partners will have to design two six-month courses for two different age groups – from 50 to 65 and from 65 to 75 – for a total of about 200 people involved. The courses will be free and at the beginning of the activities that will eventually be submitted to the participants, they will evaluate not only the physical improvement, but also the general well-being derived from the performance of the sporting activity. Each country will propose the activities that are best suited not only to the physical performance of the different target groups, but also to the different weather conditions: one of the objectives of the project in fact, in addition to the main one of changing habits, is to create a Good Manual Practices accompanied by a video support, with programs that can be submitted in every European State. The manual and the final results will be disseminated in May 2020. In addition to the representatives of the different partners, the President of our Committee Ferruccio Valzano, the Head of Educational Projects Fabrizia Lovarini, Marina Ottino, former manager of the ASL TO 4 and now in charge of the territorial AFA and Nordic Walking, dr. Giorgio Bellan, head of the Health Promotion Department of the ASL TO4 and Francesco Aceti, president of the USEP-UISP Alps-Mediterranean regional association.