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Italy continues to be a sedentary country

The sport for all in Italy is now considered to be like the air for the prisoners, toreduce a bit the frustrations that plague us. So at school there are no more than two hours a week and the physical education teacher is the least considered in the class councils. Fortunately, there are parents who are willing to pay to ensure that their children are engaged in a club sport. Not to mention the adult to whom it has never been no policy to introduce them to an active approach to physical activity. It’s an old and repetitive speech that has returned to the fore at the conference organized by the Italian Olympic Committee and Istat on the theme “Sport in Italy – Numbers and Context 2014.”  It  was found that the sedentaries are more than 24 million, or nearly 42 % of Italians. Percentage who is an Everest to the South, 56.2%, while in the North down to 31.7% and Centre to 41%. To understand the dramatic nature of these data, I just remember that in Europe, the countries with higher practitioners, according to the Eurobarometer survey on sport and physical activity, are those of Northern Europe: Sweden, where 70% of people say to do gymnastics or sports at least once a week, they are just over Denmark (68%) and Finland (66%) followed by the Netherlands (58%) and Luxembourg (54%).

More than a quarter of European citizens don’t practice any king of physical exercise outside working hours. In Italy, this figure rises to 43%. The latest Eurostat statistics reveal this. According to this dataset, 28% of Europeans in 2017 did not do any kind of exercise in their free time.

Ranked bar chart of share of population who exercise outside work, 2017

Negative side of the list, there are Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cipro, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Italy and Hungary. Even if the sport as a physically active lifestyle, it’s not part of the Italian political agenda, however, we must move from mere complaint to concrete proposals. I refer to some among those made in the USA from 50 scientific associations:

  • Public education programs to ensure that all Americans understand the benefits of healthy lifestyles and how to take advantage of the range of options open to them;
  • Professional education so that health professionals consider physical activity a vital sign like blood pressure and cholesterol levels, to be monitored and tracked regularly;
  • Electronic Medical Records that include fields for physical activity. As health provider systems convert to EMRs, they can easily begin to track exercise as a vital sign;
  • Medical school curricula that give all physicians an adequate grounding in how to counsel patients on healthy lifestyles, and
  • Increased opportunities for underserved populations to enjoy exercise and physical activity, by addressing disparities in the built environment, access to equipment and other barriers.

Sara Gama: a wonderful gift

Sara Gama: Se il carattere di una squadra si vede da come si vivono le difficoltà allora direi che oggi abbiamo dato un ottimo spunto. Ci siamo fatte un bellissimo regalo per il nostro debutto. Avanti così!!!

The face of those who want to win

This is the face of those who want to get out of a bad moment and win the game. (Italy volleyball team was losing 2-0 against France, then it managed to overturn the result, winning 3-2, thanks to the inclusion of players who wanted to win, like the setter Baranowicz).

Volley, Mondiali: l'Italia ritrova l'orgoglio, battuta in rimonta la Francia

The losing attitude of Italy

In football, the goal is a rare event and as such can be achieved at any time, at the first or the last minute as ever. For this reason it is necessary to be aggressive, determined, motivated and united as a team, to do what it takes to score a goal. Italy yesterday did not show this attitude and it’s not enough to hope in Buffon and in the inventions of Pirlo for Balotelli. Costa Rica is a team that believed instead, in the result to remember for a lifetime: to beat Italy. We too have a dream like Pirlo said and that is to win the world cup, but to reach it we have to fight every game independently from the opponents.’This is the attitude that Garcia and Conte have taught their teams, Roma and Juventus, and that’s what was missing yesterday to our team. Falling 11 times in the offside trap means not being focused as much as was necessary. To say that you cannot expect a gwhen you are on goal if you enter in the match for only 20 minutes, it means not to have realized that instead this is what is asked of you, otherwise the coach would put in another player. To take a booking because you are nervous, it means that you do not have the mentality to deal with the commitments of this competitive level. Too many individual actions and insisted dribbling at the end of the game show little research of others and the desire to become the Saviour of the game. “I Excited? There are no emotions, “said Cassano. Buffon and Pirlo would not statements of this type even though they are accustomed to games so important.  A the contrary the emotional charge as a team has been absent. The tension the team feels before going into the field, pushing the commitment beyond thefatigue and trouble because you feel ready. The emotions permit to raise the threshold of physical and mental fatigue. In the words of a famous African saying: every morning, no matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle, the important thing is that you begin to run.

Italy gets out from the problems and wins

We are like that, you have to give us up for dead, we must walk a road full of holes as not win by more than six months and have important players injured (Montolivo, Rossi, Buffon, among others), to be considered as a minor soccer and are no longer competitive  before there Germans, Spanish and English teams. At this point, we who are not considered favorites resurrect, we are the best ones to take away from the brink and back up. Our opponents do not understand how this is possible, because this way of doing apparently is not logical for them, on the other hand it’s our way of being. We bow to adversity without break us and we raised we are ready to fight against anyone. The strategy is to hit opponents when they least expect it. Prandelli has organized a team that has managed to keep the ball at a trot while the England was faster in arriving at the net, with a continuous counter-attack on the right led by Candreva and Darmian and a final match based on the classic defense and counterattack. We were not even favored in the world championship of 1982 and 2006, and even then it was a period of great difficulty for our football. Al Pacino in the movie Any Given Sunday to his team in the locker room says that “every fight is the one who is willing to die to win that inch.” It’s an effective metaphor to explain the state of mind that Italy has been able to demonstrate in this first match of the world cup, coming out from the difficulties in which it was found this year with a new organization and the desire to win. Great, now we have to continue. Read it on Huffington Post.

In Italy: obeses are 6.000.000

In Italy there are 6 million of obese costing the NHS 8 billion of euro. It’s a matter with a impressive existential cost  and an economic cost equal to the financial maneuvers of the government. They are not one-off costs, they are annual costs. They are not new data, and the passivity of the Italian governments faced with this problem is not new too. It’s a problem that year on year increased and no one tries to give meaningful answers. While there is much talk about cancer and there are rightly money to research into the causes and therapies to treat and prevent it. There is little talk about obesity, because in everyone’s mind it’s considered as a problem which depends only on the individual willingness to have a different life style. In other words, it does not nothing, because the social stereotypes is that people themselves are the cause of their evil. The same goes for physical inactivity, despite being the fourth leading death cause, itìs experienced as a leisure problem, personal laziness to do the daily movement that it would produce benefits to their cardiovascular system and more generally improve their well-being. So for the reason that anyone cares that we are obese, at least we enjoy eating killing us.   












Martina Grimaldi won the gold at 25km of the swimming world championship

Martina Grimaldi won the gold medal at 25 km of the  swimming world championship. with an unbelievable final sprint. Her time has been of 5h07’19″8 at one-tenth from the second, Germany’s Angela Maurer and 7 tenths from the third, U.S. Eva Fabian.

Martina Grimaldi commented: “I got discouraged after the beginning of  world championship. Took me head and heart. Today at the end I was just saying that I had to resist and try to bring something home … when I saw that we were three, I tried to run the final rush. I dedicate this gold to my parents and to those who stood by me these days. ”


Fabio Fognini is top 19 in tennis ranking

Since few days Fabio Fognini is among the top  20 best tennis players and a few points off  from 15th position. It’s an important result for the Italian men’s tennis because, along with Seppi, have achieved a success that was missing for 17 years as can be seen in the ranking below.


The city for human beings

Pedoni + pendolari + ciclisti: a Milano il corteo della Mobilità Nuova

The meeting for the participants in the national event “Italy will change road”, sponsored by the Network #MobilitàNuova, is today in Milan at 14:30 in front of the Central Station: there will meet urban cyclists, pedestrians and commuters to invade peacefully (and zero impact) the streets of the city center walking and cycling until to reach Piazza del Duomo. The start of the parade is scheduled at 15. The initiative – supported by over 150 organizations, movements and national and local committees  has been promoted by #Salvaiciclisti and its campaign of  a year asking for “city on a bike” safer for those who ride and pedestrians in urban areas.

Italian football numbers

Yesterday the Italian Football Association (www.figc.it) has presented the Social Report – 2012, which contains, inter alia, the numbers of Italian football:

14,653 Football clubs

71,689 Teams

1,151,437 Players

670,589 Players of Youth and School Division

62,286 Coaches

2907 Doctors

34,728 Referees

132,163 Managers

591,496 Games Played