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Active displacement and sustainable development objectives applied to education

MOJ Sports Medicine
María Sánchez Zafra, Javier Cachón Zagalaz, Déborah Sanabrias Moreno, María Luisa Zagalaz Sánchez


The United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was unanimously adopted in September 2015. It presents 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to eradicate poverty and protect the Earth, as well as ensure peace and prosperity. Among them, the 4th, which refers to education to improve the quality of life (QL) of people, is the basis of this article relating it to the 3rd on health and well-being, and the 11th which tries to make cities and human settlements sustainable. The objective is to demonstrate that active travel, mainly on foot and in cities, is a different, important and necessary form of Physical Activity (PA) that can be accessed through education. The training of Physical Education (PE) teachers in basic education is essential to achieve this objective.
This paper presents the rationale for the practical application of active travel and contains a literature review that provides different city and author perspectives that reinforce the proposal. The research experience of the HUM653 Group, “Innovation in PA”, adds educational innovation and leisure time management to the proposed objective, linking PA with teacher training, culture, the environment, and information and communication technologies (ICT) through activity designs, gymkhanas and GPS circuits, and the QL.


physical exercise, travel, sustainability, education, teacher training