Last week I attended a conference hosted by ‘En Frisk Generation’ an organisation that works to inspire and motivate families to choose a healthy lifestyle.
The conference, entitled ‘Nyckeln till en frisk generation’, was looking at the issues around the future health of the next generation. Speakers included Gabriel Wikström (the Minister for Folkhälsa, Sjukvård and Idrott), the athlete Carolina Kluft (representing the organisation GEN-PEP), and Prince Daniel of Sweden.
It was inspiring to listen to the positivity in the room and feel a real desire to make a difference for the health and wellbeing for Sweden’s children and young people.
I truly believe that parkrun can play a really important role in helping to promote physical activity and wellbeing by breaking down barriers to participation and offering a free and accessible, opportunity to exercise every week in a welcoming and inclusive environment.
I have seen what a difference parkrun has made to people’s lives in the UK and that is what motivates me to keep on shouting from the rooftops about parkrun here in Sweden! And we’d love to have more families joining us for parkrun – it’s a great family activity to do together.
It’s also ‘one step at a time’ but I also think that there is great potential in the future for junior parkrun to succeed here in Sweden as well. junior parkrun follows a similar format to regular parkrun, except it takes place on Sunday mornings instead of Saturdays, and the distance is 2km instead of 5km.
All those between the ages of 4 and 14 are welcome to take part and parents can run with their children if they wish. Just like parkrun everyone gets a finish time each time they run, but the focus is of course on enjoyment and fun.
At the moment, junior parkrun is just held in the UK and Ireland but there are plans to introduce junior parkrun soon to other countries in the parkrun family. Wouldn’t it be great if that could include Sweden?
If you would like to read a bit more about junior parkrun, here you can also read a wonderful blog written by parkrun’s founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt.
Country Manager, parkrun Sweden
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