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Higher education is for the smart ones and Vocational Education and Training (VET) is only a second choice? It is a common assumption that VET learners will enter lower paid jobs but looking closer, the picture has changed significantly: VET is highly diverse and allows learners to enter a great range of professions and sectors. Taking the vocational route means to be much more likely to be work-ready straight after graduation.

EuropeActive participated in the CEN453 Technical Group two days meeting in Cyprus. The Group was settled in 2017 for developing European Standards in the area of food and supplements for sportspeople. In Cyprus, the entire draft elaborated so far has been reviewed and significant changes made especially in the part regarding the doping testing. The next meeting will be the 24-25 January in Paris where the Group will discuss the certification system. 

The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, a renowned medical journal published a study about the relation of body-mass-index (BMI) and life-expectancy.

The physical partners of the House of Sport office in Brussels (FESI, EUROPEACTIVE, ICSS and Sport and Citizenship) hosted the last 25th October a group of 30 students from the Management in Non-profit-Organizations Course of the University of Applied Science Osnabrueck.

The new country factsheets on physical activityhave been published by the European Commission. The Commission publishes these country factsheets in line with the Council Recommendation on promoting health-enhancing physical activity across sectors, from November 2013.

On October 16th, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, ACCA, organised a conference on the collaborative economy. The conference was organised around two panel discussions, one on new business models and another on consumer protection and social rights.

On 17th October, EuropeActive was invited to attend the #BeActive Awards Ceremony in Sofia (the current European Capital of Sport) in the presence of the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr. Tibor Navracsics. The 2018 Awards Gala celebrated inspiring contributions to promoting active lifestyles in Europe by awarding people through 3 different categories: workplace, local hero and education.

The EU is celebrating the European Week of Sport, a week full of active and sportive events across all member states. The European Commission has launched the European Week of Sport to help raise awareness of the risks related to inactivity and with the aim to “promote sport and physical activity across Europe”. The Week is for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level.

This week hundreds of fitness clubs all throughout Europe have opened their doors to welcome the very first participants of the Let’s #BEACTIVE project. In the coming weeks thousands of Let’s #BEACTIVE participants will take the first steps in their journey towards a more active and healthier lifestyle. They are following tailor made, high quality training programmes and be are guided by first class exercise professionals.

EuropeActive through the National Fitness Days Campaign gathers fitness events organised by its partners across Europe during the 4th European Week of Sport.