WEBINAR: The Physical Activity Health Paradox
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.
- ONLINE WORKSHOP: 8th – 9th of September 2021
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.