Musculoskeletal disorders such as back and neck-shoulder pain is a major problem in the working environment and is associated with reduced work ability and sickness absence. Physical exercise at the workplace have shown promising results in preventing and reducing musculoskeletal pain and improving work ability in different occupational groups. Several factors are required for a successful implementation of physical exercise at the workplace. Important targets for workplace interventions are 1) specific physical exercise and 2) reducing sitting time.

Course objectives

The objective of the course is to provide the participants with theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience on how to design, perform and evaluate workplace interventions for increased physical exercise and reduced sitting time for improved musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health.

Target group

  • PhD students
  • Researchers
  • Occupational health professionals

Course outline

The course structure will consist of lectures, team work and discussions.

Main topics

The course will cover:

  • Work-related risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders
  • Health consequences of inactivity and too much activity – the role of work and leisure
  • Detailed walk-through of Danish intervention studies (9 randomized controlled trials) with physical exercise at the workplace effect- as well as process-evaluation - what worked for whom and why
  • How to design your own workplace intervention with physical exercise – from standardized guidelines to practical challenges
  • How the work environment, equipment/furnishing and facilities can be adjusted, so it encourages to daily exercise and more physical activity in passive work. Research on choice architecture to facilitate healthy choices (“nudging”) and how to use this knowledge in the working environment
  • Discussions on how to develop work, organizations, the work environment, and working culture to create a healthy work life that encourages physical exercise and reduced inactivity
  • Hands-on – group work with participant involvement

Registration deadline

August 16th 2019

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Price

The price of the course consists of two parts:

1) The course fee of EUR 500 and

2) One of the following:

  • The day package I fee of EUR 415
  • The day package II fee of EUR 200
  • Day package

    Day package I

    The day package I price is 415 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees, lunches, dinners and the social program.

    The total price of the course is EUR 915 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 415).

    We strongly encourage you to take part in the social program, as this is a vital part of the NIVA course experience. We believe in the power of networking (between people) and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

    Day package II

    The day package II price is 200 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees and lunches.

    The total price of the course is EUR 700 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 200).

    Kindly note that the day package II does not include dinners nor the social program.

  • Accommodation

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 9th – 12th of September 2019 at Hotel Hanaholmen, Espoo, Finland. To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly from the hotel by email to reception@hanaholmen.fi using the booking code "NIVA2019".(available until 16.8.2019).

    The room price for a single standard room is EUR 110/night (including breakfast, morning sauna and access to the pool).
    The block reservation will be available until 16th of August 2019.

  • Payment info

    Cancellations received by August, 16th 2019: full refund
    Cancellations received after August, 16th 2019: no refund

    The total price of the course will be invoiced after the registration deadline.

    The price is subject to minor changes.

Contact person

Course Leader
Lars L. Andersen
Professor, National Research Centre for the Working Environment
Adjunct Professor, Aalborg University
Denmark
email: LLA@nfa.dk 

In practical matters, please contact:

Project and Communications Manager
Linda Vänskä
NIVA
mobile: +358 40 5463 277
email: linda.vanska@niva.org

Course venue

Background

Musculoskeletal disorders such as back and neck-shoulder pain is a major problem in the working environment and is associated with reduced work ability and sickness absence. Intervention studies with physical exercise at the workplace have during recent years shown promising results in preventing and reducing musculoskeletal pain and improving work…

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Course Leader

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General information

Course fee and payment The courses and workshops vary in price. Please note that the course fee does not cover meals or accommodation. The course fee and day-package fee are invoiced after the registration deadline. Travel arrangements Please refrain from booking any tickets until we have confirmed the course. The confirmation, which will be sent after the registration deadline, will include detailed information on the payment of the course fee and day-packages, as well as information on accommodation options and practical arrangements. Please note that you are not insured by NIVA. Accommodation Fore more information about accommodation options please see the…

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