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BSDA is partner in SUN project
07.01.2021
The objective of the Sports, health and fun for preschool children / SUN project is to contribute to awareness raising of the need for physical activity as basis of healthy lifestyle by changing habits of identified target groups (preschool children and their families) both in urban and rural areas. The projects goal is to stimulate children, in the first place those with obesity, overweight and low physical activity, and their parents to embrace this new kind of lifestyle as a routine, and then transfer the acquired healthy habits in later age. Children, engaged in sports activities at very young age are more likely to remain active later in life and are less likely to become obese or suffer from linked chronical diseases. The duration of the project is 24 months and the initiative is involving 7 partner organizations from 6 European countries - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Portugal and Slovenia.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The problem is global and is steadily affecting many low- and middle-income countries. The prevalence has increased at an alarming rate. Globally, in 2016 the number of overweight children under the age of five is estimated to be over 41 million. Overweight and obesity are defined as ''abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health''. Without intervention, overweight and obese children are likely to stay obese into adulthood and more likely to develop non communicable diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age. Overweight and obesity, as well as their related diseases, are largely preventable. Prevention of childhood obesity therefore needs high priority. The most effective way to prevent childhood obesity is to raise awareness among families about importance of healthy diet and to engage children at an early age into regular physical activity.

The Sports, health and fun for preschool children / SUN project also aims to help in implementation of eight key areas of the EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity 2014-2020:
Support a healthy start in life;
Promote healthier environments, especially in schools and pre-schools;
Make the healthy option the easier option;
Restrict marketing and advertising to children;
Inform and empower families;
Encourage physical activity;
Monitor and evaluate;
Increase research.

The specific goals of this project are:
1. To raise awareness regarding benefits of participation in sport recreational activities for preschool children (age 4 7) in terms of health-enhancing and social inclusion;
2. Strengthening capacity of family members and kindergarten teachers for promoting importance of healthy diet and physical activities for preschool children;
3. Strengthening capacity of kindergarten teachers to conduct recreational PA for preschool children;
4. Creating network of main stakeholders, national and local sport committees, local government to exchange examples of good practice regarding the health enhancing physical activity for preschool children.

The specific activities of the project will be:
1. Transnational project meeting - Kick off meeting in Croatia, Samobor - where we will present the project aims and objectives, the project activities and envisaged outputs.
2. Transnational project meeting in Italy, Palermo where Best Practices Research Report and Educational modules will be presented;
3. Transnational project meeting in Portugal, Mirandela as a best practice exchange on Pilot programme implementation;
4. Transnational project meeting - Final conference to present project results in Croatia, Samobor. After the local discussions with all stakeholders in the partner countries, we will organize an international meeting for the project management team in order to present the results together and to analyze the future possibilities the consortium have to continue working on the topic.

Expected results from the project Sports, health and fUn for preschool childreN/SUN are:
Minimum of 600 preschool children involved in Pilot programme (100 per project country);
Minimum 120 kindergarten teachers (20 per country) will be educated on PA methodology implementation for preschool children;
Parents, guardians and family members actively participating in recreational sport activities with preschool children and educated on healthy nutrition;
6 round tables organized with decision makers and relevant stakeholders;
Transnational project meeting in Portugal, Mirandela will be organized as a best practice exchange on Pilot programme implementation;
At least 20 educated kindergarten teachers per project country will gain practical experience by participating in implementation of Pilot programme for preschool children.

The Sports, health and fUn for preschool childreN/SUN project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.