SCULT is an innovator and expert organisation in the field of preventive health care, physical activity and sports. We work with different universities and research centres across Europe, organise knowledge and experience sharing events, participate in various academic and policy projects. And most importantly, we are a hands-on organisation that boosts knowledge-transfer to society, practices innovative local and international initiatives and services in the fields of physical activity, public health and sports.
The challenge of physical inactivity is unprecedented in developed countries. As many as two thirds of Europeans do not move enough, and only one-fifth of our schoolchildren exercise enough (60 minutes a day). In this way, yes, people live longer, but they are ill: the number of healthy life years has not kept pace with the increase in overall life expectancy. This is largely due to lifestyle diseases caused by smoking, alcohol abuse, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and stress.
From the perspective of an individual's health, according to the WHO, only 10 percent of human health depends on access to medicine (treatment and medicines). As much as 50 percent depends on health behaviour (lifestyle), 20 percent on the environment and 20 percent is hereditary. Indeed, in European countries, only 2.8% of total health expenditure is spent on preventive healthcare.