Croatian health sector supports MOVE Week for fifth consecutive year.

Since 2014, the Croatian Ministry of Health, an important stakeholder in physical activity and active lifestyle promotion, has been one important driver of MOVE Week in Croatia. Several other health care and medical centres across Croatia also continued their support for MOVE Week 2016 as MOVE Agents.

Continuing the work of former Croatia National Coordinator and ISCA EVS volunteer, Nenad Borkovic, Renata Kutnjak Kiš, a medical doctor at the Institute of Public Health County of Međimurje, is now leading the NowWeMOVE campaign in Croatia as its National Coordinator.

The Ministry of Science, Education and Sport and the Institute of Public Health of Međimurje County also continued their support this year.

40 partners joined the biggest pan-European campaign for physical activity in the counties of Međimurje, Karlovac County, the City of Zagreb, Supetar – Island of Brac and Zaprešić City. Together with them, the Ministry of Health, the County of Međimurje, Karlovac County, the City of Prelog, the City of Čakovec and the City of Mursko Središće took the role of patrons of MOVE Week 2016.

The 16 municipalities that participated organised 80 different events, moving more than 5000 people. Inspiring right? Here, we share with you some milestones of the Croatian MOVE Week that will spark your imagination for future events. Enjoy!

  • “Exercise is Medicine”: nurses conducted a routine of exercises with patients in the waiting rooms of Health Clinics.
  • “No Tobacco Day”: For the first time MOVE Week was connected with this very special day in the way of a healthy lifestyle. Recreational games were organized with school children between 11 and 13 years old.
  • More than 2000 patients were advised of the importance of physical activity for health promotion, prevention and rehabilitation of many chronic non-communicable diseases.
  • “Sport, Culture and Science”: The town of Prelog hosted the closing event of MOVE Week, which included a Festival of Nordic Walking, a cycling tour, a sightseeing tour around the town with lessons about the nature of the area and a variety of sports and recreational activities for adults and children.

A true festival of movements, congratulations Croatia!