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Jul 23 2019

2020 Beijing-Pinggu World Leisure Congress “Leisure Makes Life Better”

The 16th World Leisure Congress will be held in Pinggu, Beijing, from the 17th. to 23rd. October 2020. The Congress will be hosted by the Beijing City Government and co-organized by World Leisure Organization (WLO) and Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism and the Pinggu District Government. The Congress theme “Leisure Makes Life Better” aims to promote the concept of leisure for all and throughout the whole year. Read more about how to submit your abstract here: http://bit.ly/2OdSd4a

Hereby, we invite you to know more about the announced fourteen thematic areas of the Congress and submit your abstract!

We are very much looking forward to meeting you in Pinggu – Beijing in 2020!

*more general information about the congress logistics and registration will be published in due course.

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Jul 1 2019

Challenge Day 2019 coordinated by Sesc São Paulo in the American continent

Every year, the last Wednesday of May, different cities from Latin America face each other in the Challenge Day, a friendly competition that encourages their population to exercise throughout the day. The winner city is that which gathers the largest number of inhabitants taking part in the challenge, compared to its total population. The pairs of cities, divided by number of citizens, were raffled at the 2018’s edition for a three years competition that continues until 2020. In other words, those pairs have been partners this year and will keep adding strengths to raise the number of active people during the following one. Beyond the challenge among cities, each pair classifies itself, as a unit, on a new ranking: City + City. This calculates the sum of both cities results, and it is updated each year, stimulating the exchange of good practices between towns, so that together they reach a better global result.

 

Furthermore, several activities took place throughout Latin America. One of the highlights is the city of São Paulo, competing with Caracas, Venezuela’s capital. Together, both cities lie within the fourth place in their category – more than 999,999 inhabitants – on City + City ranking. In Brazil’s most cosmopolitan city, actions were spread around bus and train stations, public squares, companies and all Sesc facilities. At Venezuela’s capital, schools made their students embrace the challenge and practice many different physical activities.

Brazil also pushed healthier habits to its children, and schools were a target of the action in many cities across the country. Santos, a seaside town of São Paulo state, held its popularly-known “night race”, which is as well a tradition in Alegrete, a countryside town in Rio Grande do Sul.

With regard to Peru, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Cuba organized walks and sports such as volleyball and soccer in public spaces. All events were free of charges and supported by their city halls.

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Jun 5 2019

Nicole Peel (Australia): “Leisure to me means being able to do something that makes me feel free and allows me to express myself”

We give a warm welcome to Nicole Peel, who has recently joined us as a WLO member. She works as an Associate Lecturer on Therapeutic Recreation at the School of Science and Health at Western Sidney University, and has recently published about the state of leisure studies in Australia and New Zealand.

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Jun 5 2019

Reflections after the events supported by the WL Latin American Chapter in Mexico: progress in the Latin American process

By Carlos Alberto Rico, WL Board of Directors member

The first event articulated two academic spaces: The Congress of the Latin American Association of Sports Management-ALGEDE and the VIII Latin American Recreation Encounter. These were held in the city of Colima, Mexico, under the organization of the University of Colima. Advances in research, education and recreation management were discussed at these events. Nevertheless, one of the main achievements was the advance on the working agenda of the Latin American Recreation Network, given that several countries of the continent, which have been working systematically in the field, were present.

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Jun 5 2019

Yu Niu (United States): “My study aims to better understand the benefits of leisure for older adults”

Yu Niu is researching on the impact of leisure in older adults’ lives. She is enrolled in a PhD program at the Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management of the University of Florida. We are glad to welcome her as a new WLO member!

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