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Improving the Subjective Wellbeing of Young Women in Balkans through Interventions in their Physical Activity

Young women of Balkans have traditionally less physical activity compared to the women of Western Europe and their employment rates are less, so this leads to lower levels of physical activity. In this perspective our new Fit-Balkans project is focusing to seek ways of improving the subjective wellbeing of young women aged between 18 and 30 in Balkans. Five countries are partners in this project: Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and North Macedonia.

The project attempts to fulfill the following objectives:

• providing first-hand research results to be used as a basis for interventions in partner countries towards using physical activity for improving the subjective wellbeing of the target group,

• informing the target group about the benefits of having an active lifestyle, and

• providing accessible sources related to intervention methods for the policymakers.

During the project we will try to improve the wellbeing of the participants with a combination of research and awareness-raising activities. We will motivate young women to increase their daily physical activity and reduce screen and sedentary time and 6 months after we will check the results and create a validated dataset and statistical analysis, leading to scientific publications and policy reports. In each Balkan partner country, two awareness-raising events will be organized by local partners. Moreover, three MOOCs will be designed in about the topics “active mobility and wellbeing” and “active lifestyle for women” and a multiplier event in the form of workshop will be held. Finally, the project team will reflect the outputs of the project in non-technical language for the policymakers of the region.

The project Fit-Balkans is part of Erasmus+ Sport programme.

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