The Click2Move project is a pan-European interdisciplinary initiative supporting active and healthy jobs in Europe, co-creating digital solutions to sit less and move more in a home-office context. This new initiative is very relevant, as office-workers are among the ‘at-risk’ groups of the other global pandemic – physical inactivity – which is a leading cause of death worldwide, hence an urgent public health priority. Office-workers spent two-thirds of their working time sitting, and its increasing due to rises in automation and technology use. With the Covid-19 pandemic, the share of working days spent at home has radically increased. A variety of studies are now pointing out towards the negative effects that home-office has had among employees on their physical activity and sedentary behaviors. As the number of employees working from home remains high, it is important to design specific health-enhancing physical activity strategies tailored to this group. Digital innovations have the potential of promoting physical activity, so the project seeks to tap into this opportunity and the multiple benefits it can deliver in a home-office context. In brief, the main activities of the project concern the co-creation and design of digital-based, cross-cultural strategies, and the promotion of these strategies by means of tailored training for human resources managers and occupational health specialists. Following training activities, the project will implement and pilot the strategies in 4 different European countries (Ireland, Slovenia, Spain and the Netherlands), and will run an evaluation to demonstrate the effect on physical activity and sedentary behaviors of home-office workers, as well as health- and work-related outcomes. In parallel, the project will roll out a number of replicability measures targeting health and insurance organizations, as well as other companies and SMEs located elsewhere in Europe.
The SONAR project’s general objective is to enhance the educational & training skills of grassroots sports’ coaches on monitoring and preventing sports injuries of children and adolescents, with a special focus on female athletes. Indeed, research proves that the biggest number of treated injuries relates to children aged between 10 to 21 years old, which in most cases are caused by sports activities. To address this problem, the partnership proposes the development of the SONAR Umbrella Tool, a holistic approach encompassing a web-based Injury Surveillance System (ISS), an online educational programme for sports coaches and awareness raising content on injury prevention for athletes & parents. The project will start with a diagnosis phase to understand the needs of the target groups and based on them will build the different elements of the Umbrella Tool. During the pilot test phase, up to 350 coaches from different sports disciplines will be educated & trained on the most efficient Injury Prevention Protocols and the appropriate ways to enforce them, and 400 of these coaches will start using the ISS; this means that approximately 4,000 athletes will be under the radar of this surveillance tool. As regards athletes & parents 2,500 of them will be positively impacted by awareness raising audio-visual content (comic books & videos on social media). SONAR will assess the pilot test to capture feedback and data from the target groups, and from here draw policy conclusions and recommendations to be published in top specialized journals. SONAR is a transnational partnership covering 7 European countries led by University of Vic (Spain) and combining strong academic organizations in the field of injury prevention with European multisport clubs.
Recent research highlights the worrying environmental effects of current production and consumption patterns in the Mediterranean Sea Basin, further accelerated by climate change impacts exerted by land-use (urbanization, agricultural intensification), pollution and declining biodiversity. In such context, Med4Waste project aims to facilitate new governance models for integrated and efficient urban waste management policies across the Mediterranean strategy. The project lays on a strong and experienced partnership composed by 7 organisations from 6 Mediterranean countries and reinforced by 3 pools of associated partners and supporters from the whole basin. its main objective is to facilitate new governance models for integrated and efficient urban waste management policies across the Mediterranean, with particular emphasis on organic waste & circular economy through adapting waste management plans, policies and other management actions and regulatory drivers in the selected territories. Moreover, it encompasses up to 8 activities oriented at building skills, planning and decision-making capabilities for Mediterranean institutions from public and private sector, and based on the most successful practices previously implemented in the region. Consequently, decision policy-makers will find a platform to promote better governance in the sustainable use of resources and management of waste, moving towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production at Mediterranean level, whilst developing joint and common policy responses.
The project will make a tangible and positive contribution in terms of: environmental change thanks to supporting best waste management solutions/practices, integrating concerns on conservation of nature and resources. Med4Waste will be able to minimize the negative environmental impacts of waste by reducing CO2 generation and Greenhouse Gases emissions. In addition, the socio-economic change will be based on job creation resulting from higher recycling rates, and transition to eco-innovation circular economy models. The institutional progress will stem from the awareness and active involvement of public authorities, civil society organizations and private sector, and all together, in cross-border thematic groups advancing governance models, technological solutions, business and social entrepreneurship, zero waste strategies and social sustainability in relation to the waste sector.