Lars. L. Andersen: “Physical exercise and staying in good physical shape is becoming even more important nowadays”
6th of June 2017
Course leader presentation: Lars. L. Andersen
Physical Exercise at the Workplace, 3rd – 5th of October 2017, Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, Reykjavik, Iceland
1. What is your background? A short presentation of yourself.
My background is in human physiology (University of Copenhagen) and I work as Professor at the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Copenhagen, Denmark. Before I started doing research in the field of working environment I also worked with elite athletes. Some of the principles for preventing injuries among athletes – for example, using specific strength training – I have tested also among workers in the later research. My current research on work environment covers 1) epidemiological studies to investigate risk factors for sickness absence and disability pension 2) randomized controlled trials with physical exercise programs and participatory ergonomics to prevent and reduce back or neck pain and to improve work ability and wellbeing, 3) laboratory studies with physiological measurement to study responses to office work as well as heavy and fatiguing work.
2. Why do you think that physical exercise at the workplace is an important and current issue to discuss in 2017?
Physical exercise and staying in good physical shape is becoming even more important nowadays where people lead busy lives, the prevalence of obesity is increasing, many people have sedentary jobs etc. Also, there is still many hard physical jobs left where staying in good shape is vital to avoid tear and wear of the body.
3. Your greetings to the participants of the course.
Dear participants, I would like to give you a warm welcome to the course on Iceland. I have participated in many Niva courses during the last 10 years, and it has always been a pleasant experience, not only due to the high-quality scientific content, but also the warm atmosphere, great locations and social programs.