Let's move europa: school based promotion of healthy lifestyles to prevent obesity - EUMOVE project
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Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna Italy
Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna Department for Life Quality Studies, University of Bologna, Rimini, Italy Italy
Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna Italy Italy
Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna 1. Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna Italy" Italy
Universidad de Extremadura Departamento de Didáctica de la Expresión Musical, Plástica y Corporal, Grupo Análisis Comportamental de la Actividad Física y el Deporte (ACAFYDE), Facultad de Formación del Profesorado, Universidad de Extremadura, Cáceres (Spain) Spain
Publication date: 2023-04-26
Popul. Med. 2023;5(Supplement):A1140
Background and objective:
The prevalence of overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence is one of the most significant health issues of the 21st century. To prevent associated diseases, healthy habits should be promoted. EUMOVE is an Erasmus+ Project aimed at implementing a comprehensive set of strategies and evidence-based resources to enable the educational community to promote healthy lifestyles among children and adolescents from 8 to 16 years old.

The current project is based on two theoretical frameworks: the Behaviour Change Wheel (BCW; Michie, van Stralen, and West, 2011) and the Creating Active Schools Framework (Daly-smith et al., 2020). EUMOVE Project is focused on seven functions to enable those interventions to occur: education, persuasion, enablement, training, modelling, restrictions, and environmental restructuring.

All the countries involved in the project are responsible for comprehensive evidence-based educational resources consisting of: EUMOVE smartphone APP, Physically Active Lessons toolkit, Real-Time active breaks platform, Learning Units about healthy lifestyle, Active School Commuting toolkit, Parent Toolkit about promoting healthy lifestyles and School Leader toolkit. In December 2022 EUMOVE website and EUMOVE APP were launched on the internet. The University of Bologna created several Learning Units (LUs) about healthy lifestyles. The LUs are divided into three main categories: 12 LUs related to healthy nutrition, 10 to physical activity and 5 to healthy sleep. The LUs can be used by all the teachers at school regardless of the subject they teach and obviously can be integrated, adapted and extended based on the teacher’s experience, creating potential academic connections.

EUMOVE project can be a new strategy to integrate healthy lifestyles into the school curriculum and among teachers, students and their families in order to prevent obesity. EUMOVE will organize 4 blocks of events throughout Europe to promote practical strategies for promoting healthy habits.