The trade journal Playground@Landscape and the German federal association of playground and leisure equipment manufacturers (Bundesverband der Spielplatzgeräte- und Freizeitanlagenhersteller e.V., BSFH) will be organising an expert seminar on the topics of “Exercise Areas” and “Exercise in the City” at the FSB trade fair to be held in Cologne, Germany from October 22 – 25, 2013.
On October 23, 2013, experienced landscape architects will talk as guest speakers about practical planning processes for children’s playgrounds and exercise areas. Leisure areas in the city are green or grey, barren or full of life, green or over-designed, elite or for everyman. Features are usually spectacular architectural projects but rarely focus on public areas of the cities. The landscape architects forum at the FSB trade fair will concentrate on children’s playgrounds.
At the BSFH forum on the topic of “Exercise in the City” on October 24, 2013, held in cooperation with the association of German cities and communities, will present numerous examples of community exercise areas. Prominent surprise guests will animate participants to exercise. Lack of exercise by the general public has far-reaching consequences for their health. These range from a lack of bodily fitness and postural deformities to cardio-vascular illnesses and back problems. One third of patients suffering from diabetes mellitus type 2 today are teenagers. Good health and preventive measures are, therefore, gaining in importance. Exercise is one of the most important measures to promote health and prevent illness. Focus on these points must start at a very early age for today’s children who are often referred to as the “Backseat Generation”.