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.
More information here: https://cost-ernst.eu/news/working-group-3-first-meeting/
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.
Let´s introduce a Slovak and English versions of the Country Card of Slovak Republic. Other Country Cards are availaible here: http://new.globalphysicalactivityobservatory.com/countrycards/
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.
More information about the project can be found here: https://www.activehealthykids.org/global-matrix/4-0/
Representatives of both universities signed bilateral agreement for Vulnerable groups research and created a basis for continuation of collaboration between our universities in the upcoming years.
On Monday 1st of February started our online annual evaluation and research strategy planning meeting with our colleagues from University of Groningen and will continue till Wednesday February 3rd.
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).
The Global Observatory for Physical Activity has been working on the Second Set of Country Cards since June 2019 and engaged with 217 countries to improve physical activity worldwide through this initiative, which aims to monitor the progress of the field in three areas: surveillance, research and policy.
We are pleased to tell you that the Global Observatory for Physical Activity has officially launched the second set of country cards at updated and more user friendly webpage: http://www.globalphysicalactivityobservatory.com/
The launch includes the approved cards from 162 countries with up to date research, surveillance, and policy indicators. These Country Cards are the Second Set of Physical Activity Country Cards. These cards are available in English and in 29 of the original languages of participating countries (via our colleague Jaroslava Kopčáková, country contact for Slovakia also in Slovak language).
This website aims to communicate news and activities of the ERNST – COST ACTION CA19113: THE EUROPEAN RESEARCHERS’ NETWORK WORKING ON SECOND VICTIMS. Learn more about the action, its aim, and objectives here: https://cost-ernst.eu/about/
Our colleagues, prof. Andrea Madarasova Geckova and Ivana Skoumalova, MSc. are participating in the following working groups of the action:
WG1 / Network promotion (Networking, management, dissemination issues, assessment of work plan and sustainability)
WG3 / Making it happen (Make feasible interventions, train professionals, and implement cultural, legal, or educational changes)
WG4 / Facilitators and barriers (Explore and facilitate alternatives to overcome taboos, or obstacles facilitating collaboration among stakeholders)
Learn more about the working groups, its objectives, and deliverables here: https://cost-ernst.eu/structure/working-groups/