From 10th to 11th June 2021 our colleagues attended the HBSC Spring network meeting which was hosted online.
This meeting brought together HBSC members from across the globe. At this meeting, we discussed our plans for upcoming round of data collection. This is a critical stage of the survey cycle which is entirely dependent on the collective efforts and engagement of the network as a whole.
It was a great pleasure to deliver reports from our studies Health Behaviour in School-aged Children and Care4Youth to our president Zuzana Čaputova, who is very active in mental health promotion. Andrea Madarasová Gecková met with the president of the Slovak Republic on 15.4. in Bratislava at the Festival for the Soul.
At the end of March, we had a fruitful discussion on the results of the Concept mapping study we conducted on measures that could improve healthy early childhood development in children from marginalized Roma communities. The meeting gave us hope that the measures that need to be implemented with the goal to have equally healthy and happy children who will be able to fulfill their potential are already known and that cooperation is possible.
On February 4th and 5th, the meeting of Working Group 3 of the COST action, CA19113, lead by Paulo Sousa, was held on 4 and 5 February. Despite the current situation in Europe it was attended by about 18 people, including the Chair of the action, José Joaquín Mira, who participate as a guest.
The participants who came from different European countries,Bosnia, Poland, Croatia, Sweden, Slovakia, Croatia, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Portugal (host country) and Spain, joined the meeting through Zoom platform.
This initial approach promoted:
First contact meeting with members
Discussion of the ideas of the international meeting
Presentation of the Google folder for file sharing among members
Discussing terms for second victims
Discussing metrics for evaluation
It should be noted that all participants were resolute, with high participation and a diversity of points of view between different countries for this action COST . Besides this was an activity with high participation, the participation rate was about 75% of the total amount of working group members.
Both days were absolutely fruitful, the participants had a discussion about the strategies to be followed, a platform to be connected through Google Drive was implemented and in the late afternoon the attendees were divided into two small groups: one to talk about the term “second victims” and another group to talk about the evaluation metrics to be taken. At the end the discussion about the Training Manual and Case Study, both deliverables expected, ended with the intention of link them.
The Country Cards are critical to make the case for physical activity at the national level and can be used by governments, researchers, advocates, and society. The Country cards belong to The Global Observatory for Physical Activity- GoPA! what is a global organization consisting of physical activity researchers, epidemiologists, public health policy makers and practitioners that catalogues and analyzes global data on physical activity and health.
On behalf of the UPJŠ, our colleague Jaroslava Kopcakova attended the national team of the Global Matrix 4.0 project meeting, consisting of representatives of three Slovak and one Czech universities, met on 5th February 2021 for their introductory meeting. An international project coordinated in Slovakia by the Faculty of Sports of the University of Prešov is aimed at solving the problem of physical inactivity of Slovak children and adolescents through the synthesis of available data on their physical behavior, identification of insufficient research and draft recommendations for experts, parents, teachers, school principals, coaches, leaders of sports clubs and possibly other stakeholders.
On behalf of the UPJŠ, our colleague Jaroslava Kopcakova attended the first online kick-off meeting on Friday, 29th January 2021 of Erasmus+ Sport project “Physical activity-related injuries prevention in adolescents (PARIPRE)”. Great consortium of 8 organizations from 5 European countries (Slovakia, Czechia, Slovenia, Finland and Poland) working together on physical activity-related injuries prevention in adolescents. The project is focused on physical activity-related injuries (PARI) prevention as an integral component of physical activity promotion in adolescents. To do so, we will use the structure of PARI prevention set by Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (the details can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/projects/eplus-project-details/#project/622594-EPP-1-2020-1-SK-SPO-SCP).