Four ways to encourage the French to move more

As we know, between bad habits, telecommuting and a lack of time, a lot of (too much) French people don’t get into motion. Last February, the National Agency for Food Safety, Environment and Occupational Health (Anses) published a shocking figure: “95% of the French adult population” is very stable. The second aggravating factor: our health system is certainly very effective in the curative aspect … but much less so in the preventive aspect. It is deteriorating at high speed, between lack of caregivers, old age and an increase in chronic disease.

So the observation is clear: it is time for France to talk about prevention. The Actors of Prevention, an association that brings together professionals from all walks of life, has been phosphorous and has been campaigning for ten years to enforce the topic. “Ten years ago, our White Paper proposed as a first measure to get children into physical activity from primary school, Actors of Prevention Stephanie Bester recalled during a Thursday press conference. We weren’t too ambitious, we were showing a quarter of an hour a day…the president The re-election promises half an hour. It took ten years … but we are happy! Another proposal from the assembly ended up in Emmanuel Macron’s program: full and free health checks at the age of 25, 45 and 60 years.

The third reason for hope: Brigitte Bourguignon becomes Minister of Health and Prevention. “For us, that’s a strong signal, prevention should be everyone’s concern,” says Thierry Doll, president of Active FNEAPL (The National Association of Companies for Physical, Sports and Leisure Activities). As the 2024 Paris Olympic Games prepare, some are filled with ideas for this stated desire to improve prevention to be fulfilled before the disease calls itself into life. And the 20 minutes Choose four.

Creating “protective oases” in rural areas

Stephanie Bester offers “The goal is to make prevention attractive and accessible, particularly in rural areas.” We imagined a third “forbidden oasis”, a place that could constitute an answer to the problem of medical deserts. We will offer yoga classes, zumba, gym, examination, vaccination … but also support young parents to get counseling in the first 1,000 days, and raise awareness of stroke while France has a significant delay in knowledge. They are also places of life, where lonely people can meet. Thus also a way to fight loneliness that sometimes leads to psychological problems. Where can we imagine these protective oases? “We can start by finding a place near the town hall, in a supermarket…,” she continues.

Easy access to gyms

“The ANSES study is alarming, but it only confirms other surveys that are going in the same direction, warns Thierry Doll. Covid-19 has only highlighted this sedentary lifestyle. But it will be difficult to get everyone back on the move! As evidence: gyms have lost in between 25 and 30% of clients. For him, the thought of innovative taxation of sports grounds could be an interesting avenue. “In the form of a tax exemption for the first subscription to a gym for students, for people at risk,” identifies the latter, who claims to be discussing with And who has, half-heartedly, another idea: gyms can accommodate schoolchildren during peak hours.

Expand your passport

Under the previous mandate, the device was specifically intended to encourage young people away from physical activity to bring them back into sport: the passport. An envelope of €50 payable only to French aged 6-17 who receive either a back-to-school allowance, an education allowance for disabled children, or an education allowance for disabled adults (between 16 and 18 years old). “We warned them about the launch: we could spend 50 euros on a pair of Nike instead of going to exercise, critic Thierry Doll. At the moment, it stops at 18, but we can extend it later.”

The second limit that can jump: This amount can only be spent in the association sector, to sign up for a football club, for example. Will a future version of this mechanism extend to the amount distributed, to the beneficiary audience and to where one can spend so that other young people, especially those far from sports, discover the taste of sweat, effort and smile?

Give clearer criteria to the French

Many think about needing 10,000 steps a day, but is that really enough? And for what age? Improving prevention can actually pass through clear, comprehensive and age-appropriate communication campaigns, so that everyone knows the minimum level of physical activity to stay healthy. “It will be important to have a reference and a set of activities that we do not necessarily know, so that they are adapted to different moments of life, for example during pregnancy,” continues the founder of Prevention Actors.

Thierry Doll adds: “Another path is the birth of the Activescore, on the Nutriscore model. Depending on the age, condition of the person, and his function, he will be required to do this or that physical exercise for a long time.” If the legislation at the moment slows down any advertising, it is expected That the new Minister of Prevention at this juncture.

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