For over four years, Gasol Foundation has been developing several programs and activities to reduce Childhood Obesity rates in Spain. We have been doing so by modifying the healthy habits of children, young people and their families through the promotion of physical activity, healthy eating, sleeping habits, and emotional well-being. In addition, healthy eating workshops, sporting activities, family trips, training sessions, and motivational lectures are some examples of the projects we are currently implementing in Spain.
In Collaboration with: Casal dels Infants, supports girls, boys and young people at risk of exclusion since 1983 by providing accompaniment to them and their families so that they will be able to overcome inequalities.
Project Description: L’ESPORT SUMA is a project for families with children from 6 to 14 years old in which sport is used as an educational tool to teach healthy lifestyles and values to children, youth and families in order to contribute to their development and socialization. During the school year, the children attend the sports and health promotion sessions twice a week and their parents participate monthly in workshops to promote healthy family habits. After carrying out four editions of the project this year we will finalize the project with Casal dels Infants in order to offer different families the opportunity to participate in this type of project.
Currently, the baseline results of the project are being analyzed to analyze and assess their impact.
In Collaboration with: City Council of Sant Boi de Llobregat, child care centers and the schools of the municipality.
Project Description: SAFALIN (Salud – Familias – Infancia / Health – Families – Childhood) is a project for families with children from 6 to 14 years old in which activities are used as an educational tool to teach healthy lifestyles to children, youth and families in order to reduce the rates of childhood obesity. The project consists of a total of 6 sessions in dynamic workshop format in which healthy habits are promoted around four pillars: healthy eating, physical activity, hours of sleep and quality rest and emotional well-being.
Currently, the baseline results of the project are being analyzed to analyze and assess their impact. The program will start its new edition during the 2018-2019 school year.
In Collaboration with: City Council of Sant Boi de Llobregat, which since 2015 has been developing the SANTBOISÀ project for community intervention in the promotion of health through the acquisition and promotion of healthy habits. In addition, to awareness sessions and training in healthy habits for citizens of Sant Boi, the program includes a research study of the weight status and lifestyle of children from 3 to 7 years.
Project Description: The Gasol Foundation joined the project SANTBOISA to lead the coordination of the study (data collection, analysis) and to promote healthy family habits through interactive programs as well asto offer professional development around the topic of childhood obesity to medical professionals.
In Collaboration with: 1. Pau Gasol Academy (PGA), is a summer sports camps that takes place in Barcelona for a week and in which more than 400 young players and players from all over the world participate. At the academy, aspects related to sports technique, values linked to sports and, transversally, healthy habits are worked on. 2. The Basquet Girona, a basketball club based in Girona in which more than 60 players are trained to be great athletes through the use of technology and the promotion of sports values.
Project Description: The Gasol Foundation collaborates with both sports entities to provide an added value to sports training, the promotion of healthy habits. Since 2014, we collaborate with the PGA, teaching and coordinating activities aimed at players, coaches and families. We have collaborated with Basquet Girona since 2017.
In collaboration with: The Basquet Girona, a basketball club based in Girona in which more than 60 players are trained to be great athletes through the use of technology and the promotion of sports values.
Project description: In its constant pursuit of reducing childhood obesity rates through the promotion of healthy habits, Gasol Foundation is proud to introduce the COACH+ project. By utilizing sports practices and specific habits that players use in their training, the COACH+ project allows coaches and their staff the opportunity to be educated about healthy habits from a holistic approach. In doing so, 4 major areas of health are discussed: physical activity, healthy eating and proper hydration, sleep quality, and emotional well-being. Exhaustive evaluation protocol will be executed in order to see the impact the COACH+ project will have had on the participants’ overall health, along with other significant variables.
One of the main objectives for Gasol Foundation this year is to develop other strategies that will enable COACH+ methodologies to be utilized for other schools, programs and sport clubs in the future, both nationally and internationally.
In Collaboration with: Kaptiva Sports is a Global Sports Management company with experience in event management & Sports Marketing.
Project Description: The Family Run is a unique project that invites families to enjoy a healthy day in an inclusive and supportive way, where fun has a leading role. It is co-organized by the Gasol Foundation and this year it has been held in Barcelona with more than 3000 people and has been hold in Lleida (September 2018) in which participated more than 1,200 people. All the benefits of the project are invested in families at-risk-of exclusion so they can participate in Gasol Foundation’s Zero Childhood Obesity programs.
The aim of Gasol Foundation is to continue carrying out this initiative in large cities of Spain.
HEALTHY HABITS AWARENESS
Our philosophy: Participants have to have fun and find enjoyment while they are learning. Parents and caregivers need to be involved in the initiatives. We base our activities on scientific evidence. We must be innovators.
Project Description: We organize healthy habits awareness initiatives to promote how fun it can be to lead a healthier lifestyle. The Gasol Foundation’s main goals are to reduce the childhoodobesity rates by raising awareness about the importance of physical activity, healthy eating, sleep quality and emotional well-being of children and their families. To reach our mission we believe children’s leisure time, education and family members are key as well as technology, present in children’s lives, and without a doubt a powerful tool to prevent childhood obesity if used right.