A Healthy Mobility implies also a Healthy Eating

Written by alessandra.gorini@y4pt.org on . Posted in All Y4PT Chapters, Y4PT World

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We live in a very special century made of an interconnected world: the world is melting and going faster.

From a transport point of view, this fast interconnection is bringing us to wear sneakers on a daily basis and to cover longer distances in cities turning increasingly larger.

Urban dress code and urban street food are just some of the concepts, that, always a little more, are being part of our urban lifestyles. Dressing is casual chic, or just casual, meals are made of bunch of different styles of fast foods, but the key words are always the same: fast, rapid, rush, no time, time consuming …

In fact people are adapting; but while adapting to this fast pace, the risk is to lose the basic learning and behavior, that can permit us to live well in this often hostile or at least health-unfriendly context.

People are adapting because of the lifestyle paradigm coming from a few economic giants, transforming the life of millions, are pushing us to embrace; we, the people, are just adapting, trying to find “street” and homemade solutions to live our lives in a better way with the little provided.

Useless to say that this is bringing also a massification into our customs and traditions, a massification of our habits and daily routines. Useless to say that for the majority with poor or little education, this is making things just bitter and harder.

But, in this process of grey massification we’d love to see an opportunity; the one of creating a quiet revolution, just adopting, healthier habits, healthier daily performances, to reach out our daily targets and goals, living a simpler life of which a #HealthyMobility is part of and consequently access the right energy to embrace this Challenge and a better way of living.

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We should all try to seek positive possibilities while negative switches are taking place in the world. We need to adapt contrasting the changes: the more we do so, the more powerful and successful we will be. It is a matter of evolution: transformists win.

“It’s essential that we arm future generations with the life skills they urgently need in order to lead healthier, happier, more productive liv
es”. (Jamie Oliver)

This is an Era in which food is becoming central to the life of people!

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So let’s try to see how ourselves, we can turn things in our favor and in favor of the people around us, teaching them, while the world seems becoming grayer, how to change and embrace colors and positive lifestyle habits starting from our daily routines!

But first, let’s talk about the empty energy that we are acquiring through processed food; the one you find in supermarkets.
Food in supermarkets is mostly processed: if you see how little space is devoted to fresh fruits and vegetables, instead on how much is taken by packed and canned items, you already can get an idea of what the food industry is willing us to consume.
Second problem, while you are in a supermarket: reading labels of those packed items: you will have the impression, almost all, to be suddenly victim of a blindness or poor eyesight.

No, is not the case: is just the industry that does not want you to read the labels: they do not want you to see that sugar lays hidden under different names (by the way, there are at least 61 different names for sugar listed on food labels. These include common names, such as sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup, as well as barley malt, dextrose, maltose and rice syrup, among others…) , or that Monosodium Glutammate, so dangerous for your brain, all the artificial colorants, preservatives, emulsifiers, and all gender of chemical products in your nice package you are about to buy, to bring a bit of chemistry in your already polluted organism. More than 3.000 chemicals are hidden in your canned, boxed, frozen concoctions.

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Would you eat your favorite breakfast cereal if you knew that it contained Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), a product also used in jet fuel and embalming fluid? Can you imagine grilling your low fat veggie burger if you found out that its main ingredient is Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)?

This seems a nightmare! I already breath badly in the morning when I wake up, because I smell immediately car pollution when I open the windows and then my cereals are full of nice oily products that are entering my mouth? But wasn’t somebody suggesting us, perhaps our parents? To open the windows and breathe the fresh air in the morning while preparing a nice glass of tepid water with lemon? Was that a dream or I remember the nice flavor of real homemade pancakes prepared with non-contaminated flour, not genetically modified, in my kitchen with my father? And this was not even so long ago…

How did we permit the industry to drive our lives at this point? And if we do not want to be driven, the only solution is the one of abandoning the cities? Do you find all of this normal? Should we start bulking the system upside down?

How could is this possible that they are able to cancel our memories of tradition and positive attitude, selling us poisons and we, accepting it?

So, you see, is a holistic vision of life that these decision-makers are trying to cut off from.

“Access to good, fresh, nutritious food is every child’s human right, but currently we’re failing our children. Millions of kids are eating too much of the wrong food, while millions more don’t get enough of the good stuff to let them grow and thrive. We need to unite as one strong, single voice to force governments and businesses to create a healthier, happier world for the future.
We’re currently facing a global obesity epidemic, with 42 million children under the age of five either overweight or obese across the world. The bottom line is the next generation will live shorter lives than their parents if nothing is done to rectify these alarming stats.” (Jamie Oliver)

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The Healthy Mobility Challenge is back! 3rd Edition, 2016

Written by alessandra.gorini@y4pt.org on . Posted in All Y4PT Chapters, Y4PT Belgium & EU, Y4PT Belgium & EU in Brussels, Y4PT World

Our urban areas are becoming more and more polluted because of a rising numbers of cars and congested roads that are concentrating exhaust gases in city’s environments, bringing together millions of people that have to live in those places.

Traffic-related health is decreasing: the hostile relationship between human drive technological change and environment and impacts on health, cloaks a paradox since in the case of transport it facilitates the allocation of socio-economic resources, but at the same time, it causes detriment to the milieu at every single stage of the chain. From one side transport activities supply increasing mobility demands for passengers and goods, while on the other they are associated with growing negative environmental externalities, with clear effects on health.

It is ironic, that for example, a simple action (beneficial with a naked eye) such as driving kids from their homes to the kindergarten in order to receive their daily lessons can damage environment if diesel-fuelled school buses are used, and later on the expelled smoke becomes the cause of respiratory diseases in them and people around.

Healthy Mobility is here for a switch!

The Healthy Mobility – Modal Shift Challenge is willing to swap your attitude, and bring some fresh air on your days!healthy_mobility

For the third consecutive year, we are asking you to give it a try: leave your car at home, completely or partially, add some walking or biking into your daily displacements and, for one month, see the difference, is for real!

Later on, take our survey, click on the link below, it will only take 5 minutes! Why? Because:

Y4PT is willing to listen in a detailed way to what people think, and bring your active voices and actions, to the attention of the decision-makers, to rise stronger attention on transport-related issues that are totally uncontrolled by citizens, that passively have to accept to breathe and live in polluted environments, just because of the oil lobby power and car manufacturers hegemony.

Our up-rising can bring all people in the direction of an healthier way of living, walking more, biking more, and taking public transport, to contrast a lethal global attitude.

Actually, are you physically aware of the benefits that can be induced by changing our mobility behaviors? Do you know that you can lose weight, reduce your risks of diabetes, obesity and cholesterol related diseases; have a healthy heart and a lower blood pressure? Do you know that you can avoid depression, be happier and mentally more awaken if you use public transport and integrate other forms of movement around your city?

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Take the Survey also if you are already an Healthy Mobility friend!

If you have already integrated in your life a healthy mobility behavior, take the challenge and document it taking the survey to show us your good habits!

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Everyone interested in promoting public transport, biking and walking as sustainable alternatives to cars and other private transport modes.

WHEN?

During the whole month of May 2016.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: GET INVOLVED!!!

Download the printable HealthyMobility logo (sticker) which you will be wearing during the challenge period (you can stick it on your bike, bags, books, smart phone, computer…)

– Think about a “rather than by car” transport mode (public transport, biking, walking, etc…) which you will be using during the scheduled period in order to move around your city.

– At the end of the challenge period, fill up the online survey and provide us with detailed and contextual information about your experience. Your voice will be heard at Transports Publics 2016 – European Mobility Exhibition in Paris (France, Europe) and everywhere in the world!

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Post your videos, pics and messages on our Facebook and Twitter walls!http://www.facebook.com/250503794992509/posts_to_page/ | http://www.twitter.com/y4pt

You already took the survey? Great! Now , we are asking you to document your challenge, and, if you already have healthy habits, show them to us! We are willing to build an exhibit of the best videos and pictures around the world documenting these positive behaviors of yours: so, post on our dedicated Facebook page, the videos and pictures show your change!

Share with us your incredible transformations while you were weighing more before the challenge and less after it! Show your healthy foods, your smiles before and after the challenge, your sunny and healthy skin, your attitudes!

Your success videos and photo’s stories will compose our Y4PT Healthy Mobility Yearbook!

Here for you just a few ideas of subjects to document your “before and after” Healthy Mobility – Modal Shift Challenge:

  • Weighing more – weighing less
  • Serious faces – Smiling faces
  • Way of dressing: less color – more color
  • Junk food – healthy food
  • Drinking sodas – Drinking water
  • In a car – On a bike
  • In a car- Walking
  • In a car – Taking public transport
  • On a couch – Exercising
  • In front of television – dancing or running with your dog
  • Old hair style – New hair style

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #HealthyMobility on FacebookTwitter (@Y4PT)Google+LinkedIn and Instagram everytime that you are posting a picture, video or message.

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Open letter in favour of the public transport and against the terrorism

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Original article posted on ecomovilidad.net

We live hard days, I know, media don’t speak about anything else… fear… the threat seems to be higher every day and the target are crowed places… enoclophobia… I will change my habits, I will give up the public transport and I will use the carSTOP!

Firstly, the heart: if I change my life habits, they will win.

Secondly, the reason: the probability of dying in a traffic fatality is 38 times higher that dying in a terrorist attack (in the world during 2014,32.729 killed due to terrorism and 1,24 millions due to road accidents).

And thirdly, the rest: a mobility based on the (ab)use of private vehicle has enormous externalities that we must pay: congestion, public space consumption, accidents, inequity, pollution, climate change, more injuries and deaths… and to close the loop, more oil dependence that causes terrorism and wars in an endless vicious circle.

This is our little contribution on these sad days to defend the values ​​of liberty and fraternity, by fighting for a more sustainable, healthy and peaceful world.

Record de bouchons : les attentats à Paris et son impact sur la mobilité

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Article original publié sur ecomovilidad.net
Après les attentats terribles à Paris du vendredi 13 novembre il y a eu un changement dans l’élection modale des franciliens, au moins pendant les premiers jours ouvrables après le massacre.

En effet, le mardi 17 novembre après les attentats le réseau routier de la région francilienne était congestionné comme jamais : 525 kms de bouchons accumulées à 9 heures.

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Comparativement à un mardi moyen, ce graphique permet de mesurer à quel point la journée de ce mardi est exceptionnelle. Le double qu’un jour moyen.

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Le record précédente (483 kms) avait été il y a un mois, aussi un mardi, le 6 octobre 2015. Ce jour-là, les causes ont été la pluie et de nombreux accidents, plus des tendances à long terme : la chute du prix du pétrole et une certaine augmentation de l’activité économique.

Par contre, ces journées sont marquées par le changement modal du transport public au véhicule privé à cause de la peur aux éventuels attentats dans des lieux publics, particulièrement avec le souvenir des attaques dans des trains à Madrid le 11 mars 2004 où 192 personnes sont tuées.

L’état d’urgence a été instauré lors du décret 2015-1475 de 14 novembre 2015 et les contrôles aux frontières ont été renforcés à cause de la COP21 ; ces faits n’ont pas pu éviter cette psychose. Le transfert modal massif vers le véhicule privé aura des conséquences très négatives pour la durabilité de la ville. Dans ce domaine-là, la terreur a gagné aussi.

Source des images: www.sytadin.fr

Ferrovie Nord Milano (FNM – Italy), is Y4PT’s newly acquired Honorary Founding Member

Written by alessandra.gorini@y4pt.org on . Posted in All Y4PT Chapters, Y4PT World

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Ferrovie Nord Milano (FNM) (Milan, Italy), is Y4PT’s newly acquired Honorary Founding Member: since last year this active Company has decided to support and sustain the activities of our volunteer NGO, firstly in Milan, during the UITP World Congress and Exhibition that took place in June 2015 and now all the way through Montreal 2017, where the UITP World Transport Summit will take place.

The FNM Group: its main mission is transport

FNM is the main transport and mobility group in Lombardy. It is the largest private Italian operator in this sector. Its mission is to meet communication and mobility requirements of individuals and companies and to take up the challenge of “moving” people, goods and information. In fact, the Group has broadened and diversified the scope of its activities on other markets, including ICT, energy and sustainable mobility.

Ferrovie Nord Milano (FNM) was created in 1877 to build and operate the railway lines in the Lombardy region. The railway network was developed in the North-West of Lombardy to connect the city of Milan with the towns of Novara, Varese, Laveno, Como and Erba-Asso, by expanding the existing lines and acquiring additional lines.

In May 2011, Trenitalia-LeNORD become Trenord. Joint alliance between Trenitalia and FNM Group was born in Lombardy the first and largest Italian operator specializing in regional public transport by rail.

Trenord is so, the result of an integration with FNM, with over 130 years of local presence and an entrepreneurial tradition which provided a solid economic and financial position, and the largest national operator, FS, of known technological skills and operational. This will certainly allow the new company to consolidate in Lombardy the best experiences and become an actor of reference in the European scenario.

While remaining faithful and consistent to its original mission related to the railway transport field, in the last few years, FNM has been diversifying its areas of operations. In fact, a transformation process was launched to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the liberalization of the public services sector, which is gradually developing increasing, and to expand its scope and activities on the national and international market.

Is exactly in this optic that FNM had manifested various time the will to support Y4PT, not only as a Honorary Founding Member, but also in creating new innovative initiatives and supporting the ideas of visionary young people to be applied in their field of reference:

FNM philosophy with Y4PT, is the one to “YOUTHLY move” people, assets and information thus meeting new mobility and communication requirements for individuals and businesses.

While FNM has been historically linked to the development of the rail system in Lombardy, after the liberalization of public services, it has diversified and expanded its activities on the national and on the European Market.

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FNM operates the passenger transport system for the regional and metropolitan areas of Milan, the connection to the Malpensa airport, and freight transport in Italy and in Europe; moreover, it operates and develops its own railway network, as well as networks and services in the fields of energy, telecommunications and sustainable mobility.

 

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We had a nice talk after the UITP World Congress and Exhibition – Milan 2015, with Mr. Andrea GIBELLI, actual President of FNM, with their communication officers and public relations responsible person on the future of activities to be developed thanks to FNM in the forecast of our future 2016-2017 activities.

Mr. GIBELLI, graduated in Architecture at the Polytechnic of Milan, has been Secretary-General of the Council of the Lombardy Region and Director-General of the Presidency from March 2013 to May 2015, and  vice president of the Lombardy Region from 2010 to 2013. Member of Parliament 2001-2010 and 1994-1996, he was a member of the Commission for Transport and Telecommunications, the General Affairs Committee and the Industry. He was a member of the board of Cogeme Spa and FNMA Spa.

Cogeme is a holding company wholly owned by the municipality, one of the first in Italy, and operates in the field of public utilities. Thanks to the establishment of LGH, along with other public companies, Cogeme offers a competitive range of services (gas, electricity, water, telecommunications, waste), while maintaining a strong local roots.

FNMA Spa active on the market on the field of tourism-social’s private transport sector, operates using 32 rental licenses, some of which are intended to vehicles equipped to transport disabled travelers.