WEBINAR: The Physical Activity Health Paradox

6th – 7th of September 2021
Online webinar

Please note!

This workshop is part of two interrelated events covering The Physical Activity Health Paradox:

  • ONLINE WEBINAR: 6th – 7th of September 2021

The online webinar is free of charge and open for all.

The online workshop is a natural continuation from the webinar with excellent opportunities for in-depth discussions and networking with other experts and specialists.

The price of the online workshop is EUR 50 to ensure binding participation for workshop preparations.

If you would like to attend the workshop, we recommend also attending the webinar.

About this course

While leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) is considered among the best investments for good health, work ability and longevity, high levels of occupational physical activity (OPA) are shown to increase risks for poor health, work productivity loss and premature mortality. These opposing effects of physical activity constitute the physical activity health paradox (PA paradox).

Even though work is the main domain of physical activity worldwide, occupational physical activity is barely mentioned in the current physical activity guidelines. The guidelines recommend physical activity, but do not distinguish between LTPA and OPA. This lack of differentiation and communication regarding the benefits and risks of physical activity at work and leisure can be challenging for particularly workers and workplaces with manual work. The current physical activity recommendations and respective one-size-fits-all interventions might not be beneficial for prevention of ill health and sick leave, health promotion, work productivity, quality of life and longevity for millions of people worldwide

This course will:

  • facilitate a better understanding of the PA paradox
  • present the latest available evidence and potential mechanisms
  • discuss the recent WHO guideline for physical activity and sedentary behavior and occupational health guidelines and recommendations
  •  debate how we can “bridge the gap” between research, practice and guidelines on PA in Occupational health, Public health, clinical and preventive practice

There will be presentation and discussion of different types and strategies for preventive workplace interventions and presentation of examples of initiatives from workplaces and municipalities. We will have a dialog between researchers, practitioners and stakeholders on how to make better communication, recommendations and workplace interventions for better prevention and promotion among workers.

Online webinar objectives

  • Improve knowledge and understanding of the PA paradox, its scientific evidence base
  • Gain overview of potential mechanisms and causes to the PA paradox and its interplay with psychosocial factors
  • Get insight in the recent WHO guideline for physical activity and sedentary behavior, occupational health guidelines and recommendations, and discussion of similarities and differences between them
  • Facilitate dialog on  how we can “bridge the gap” in research, prevention and rehabilitation on PA across Occupational health, Public health, clinical and preventive practice
  • Strengthen the international networks and collaboration related to the PA paradox between researchers and practitioners

For on-site workshop objectives, please see this site.

Contact person

Course leader

Andreas Holtermann, Professor
National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark
email: aho@nfa.dk

In practical matters, please contact:

Project Manager

Morten Jakobsen
mobile: +358 40 126 3336
email: morten.jakobsen@niva.org

Webinar leader

Andreas Holtermann

Andreas Holtermann

  • Professor, National Research Centre for the Working Environment, DK

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