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  • Case story - Physically active young people in the neighbourhood, Mölndal, Sweden

    Åby, Mölndal, is a social housing complex near Gothenburg. The site has two schools, and over the past two years, plenty of space has been made available for outdoor physical activity.

  • Case story - Design should come from the community

    The Environment Trust based in Dumbarton, northwest of Glasgow, Scotland, teams up with local communities to source funding for environmental regeneration and outdoor recreation in particularly disadvantaged areas. The trust puts a lot of effort into creating outdoor activity spaces for children and especially young people, preferably in cooperation with the young people and neighbours in the relevant areas.

  • Case story - An open-access leisure site for youth

    The Le Mée area north of Paris has a total of 22,500 inhabitants and has a particularly great need for free-access outdoor leisure solutions for the local youth. With 39% of the inhabitants of Le Mée below the age of 25 and 32.5% under 20, the big outdoor activity area is well used. A large proportion of the inhabitants are immigrants, predominantly with African, Arab or Asian backgrounds.

  • KOMPAN Play Institute - Nowhere to Go newsletter

    This 3rd letter in our campaign for more playful spaces for young people concentrates on the positive results in this field in 2008. Quite a few young people now have somewhere to go. Many more, though, still have nowhere to go.

  • Play for health - A better life through play

    Around the world parents, professionals and politicians are worried about the decline in children’s health. Today, children struggling with being overweight actually outnumber those facing famine. The sedentary lifestyles of our children have drastic consequences – not only for their physical health but even for their learning, social and emotional skills.

  • Physical Activity among Preschool Children

    The physical activity habits of children are established as early as the first year of life and have been suggested to follow many children through their school years into adulthood. We know that obesity and risks of cardiovascular diseases, for instance, are developed as early as the first few years of childhood.

  • Energy Expenditure in Children during Play on Kompan ICON SPACE and NOVA Playgrounds

    Physical activity levels are decreasing from childhood into adolescence and time spent being physically inactive is increasing. The consequences can be obesity and increased risk of metabolic irregularities. Evidence is suggesting that children spending most of the time on moderate physical activity have a decreased risk of metabolic syndrome.

  • KOMPAN Play Institute - Nowhere to Go newsletter

    Knowledge sharing and documentation is in demand more than ever before to help us invest wisely. Places for young people’s informal playful activity outdoors are still seriously needed, the young people tell us. We hope that this fourth newsletter in the “Nowhere to Go” campaign will contribute as an inspiration and source of information for a continued work with playful places for the 10-15yearolds.

  • KOMPAN Play Institute - Nowhere to Go newsletter

    The sedentary lifestyle of young people in Europe has reached drastic measures. Activity levels have declined markedly, especially among the young girls. Many reports have stated that one of the reasons for this inactivity is the lack of places to go.

  • KOMPAN Play Institute - Nowhere to Go newsletter

    This issue of the Nowhere to Go newsletter features a new survey on 14yearolds energy expenditure and physical activity levels when playing on KOMPAN ICON. On top of that a new publication from the KOMPAN Play Institute features the universal design approach for playgrounds and the new trends in this area of playground knowledge.

  • KOMPAN Play Institute - Nowhere to Go newsletter

    This issues deals with play cases from different parts of Europe and takes a look at New York as well.
    Young people up to the age of 16 have proximity as a main requirement for their outdoor places. And so do the parents. In Manhattan Plaza, an affordable housing estate in New York, a rooftop play area has embraced the wishes of parents and young people.

  • Today’s children are out of Energy Balance

    Today’s children are out of Energy BalanceChildren burn two thirds of the required 150 calories during 30 minutes of play on KOMPAN school age playgrounds.