Modern life styles affect how we live, play and interact with each other. Over the past 20 years, populations have become physically inactive. This poses a challenge to leisure areas, which should encourage physical activity more than ever. KOMPAN sees it as its fundamental purpose to motivate playful physical activity.
United Nation’s convention on the rights of the child
“That every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
That member governments shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.”
We believe that all people, regardless of age and ability, should experience the joys of being physically active, and should be offered opportunities and access to play and exercise in their neighborhood.
Active people are happier people. Physical activity contributes to physical and mental health, and helps people perform. Physical activity gives people a zest for life and a bigger inclination to contribute positively to happier and healthier communities.
In industrialized countries, the majority of the population live in urban areas. This means less room for recreational, physical, and social activities as more and more space is taken up by infrastructure and business. The increasingly sedentary nature of everyday life is creating communities in which people are physically inactive. Globally over 25% of all adults and over 80% of all adolescents are physically inactive. This affects health negatively and entails alarming future health disparities and expenses for our societies. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), physical inactivity is among the four biggest risk factors for premature death.
The benefits of being physically active, for the individual, are well known and documented. Active people improve both their physical and mental well-being, and in turn, this boosts their individual development. However, the benefits are much bigger than most of us suspect: An active city is a developing city that invests in improvements, not only for the economy, infrastructure, and the environment, but also for active leisure opportunities for all citizens in order to improve health and social life.
A growing number of cities are rising to the challenge and feel an obligation to invest in their communities’ active leisure opportunities. Research initiated by KOMPAN shows that people want to be physically active, but they fail because work and transportation take up most of their time. This is due to limited access to free leisure facilities and neighborhoods unsupportive of physical activity. Research, shows that a significant 60% of people feel that today’s public spaces do not motivate them to be physically active. KOMPAN sees it as it's main mission to help create and document attractive, public, leisure areas for health, well-being, and social interaction.