German University for Prevention and Health Management
The Saarland Ministry of Health, in cooperation with the German University for Prevention and Health Management (DHfPG) as project manager and the Association for Prevention and Health in Saarland (PuGiS) e. V. started the “Fitmach Campaign: Fit and Healthy in Saarland” as a project partner. With the help of the network of fitness and health studios in the region, this pilot project from Saarland aims to motivate people to exercise regularly and to excite them in the long term. A total of 1,000 test people are being sought who will complete an eight-week personalized training plan with needs-based support at one of the participating health and fitness facilities in their area for free. The goal is to document and analyze the extent to which the subjects were able to integrate regular training into their daily lives during these eight weeks and beyond. It is now possible to register for the model project as a test person.
“Due to the corona pandemic, many people were no longer able to continue their regular training in health and fitness centers or even lost their motivation for physical activity. However, the effects of the resulting lack of exercise on our health often are underestimated.” Health Minister Monika Bachmann said. “People who don’t get enough exercise are at risk of gaining weight or losing muscle mass in the short term. In the long term, it increases the risk of heart attack, cardiovascular disease or cancer,” adds Prof. Dr. Thomas Wessinghage, Prorector University of Development and Transfer at the DHfPG and specialist in orthopedics as well as in physical medicine and rehabilitation, additional qualification “Sports Medicine”. “With the ‘Fitmach campaign’ we want to work together with our cooperation partners to ensure more exercise and health in the population of the Saarland in the long term.”
As part of the model project, all test persons receive a free eight-week training plan, which is tailored to individual health goals and requirements and follows the World Health Organization (WHO) exercise recommendations. For the duration of the project, test persons undergo the training free of charge at one of the participating health and fitness studios in the region. There they receive support from on-site fitness specialists as needed.
Before the start, the fitness specialists record the current training frequency of the test persons in an initial discussion. At the middle and end of the eight weeks, and some time after the end of the project, they use questionnaires to document how often the subjects have completed and continue to complete the training. The data is collected anonymously, evaluated and finally published in the form of a results report after the end of the “Fitmach campaign”. The objective is to find out to what extent the subjects were able to complete the training plan and comply with the WHO movement recommendations beyond the project period. The goal is to motivate people to exercise regularly and inspire them to do so for the long term.
Anyone who is currently not doing any kind of physical training, little or irregularly, can participate in the model project. Registration is possible at participating health and fitness facilities. You can find a list of all Saarland facilities participating in the “Fitmach campaign” and more information about the model project at www.fitmach-aktion.de.
Nadine Bard, Director of Corporate Communications at DHfPG
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Original content from: German University of Health Prevention and Management, broadcast by aktuell news