Health promotion for people with intellectual disabilities with a focus on physical activity

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06/16/2020 - 06/16/2020 | Bielefeld

Health promotion for people with intellectual disabilities with a focus on physical activity

As an alternative to the cancelled workshop during the International Week at Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in May this year, we are very delighted to invite you to the online event below and are proud to have gained high-profile speakers for this event.

Today, low levels of physical activity are a great health problem for society as a whole. According to the World Health Organization physical inactivity is associated with an increased risk for chronic diseases and as an important risk factor for global mortality (6% of deaths globally). Compared to the general population chronic diseases occur more frequently and often earlier in lifetime in people with intellectual difficulties (PWID). For PWID there are many challenges in social activities and they have a different access to health-related resources than the general population. A positive effect of physical activity on prevention and health preservation has been proven. To our knowledge interventions to promote physical activity in everyday life for people with intellectual disabilities are rare.

In this context we would like to provide background information about physical activity, physical activity -related health competences, at interventions for people with intellectual disability and a closer look at a complex intervention for health promotion including physical activity and nutrition for people with intellectual disability. The aim is to show and discuss how health literacy and healthy behaviors can be improved by increasing knowledge, preferences, skills and self-efficacy.

Introduction of the speakers in alphabetical order:
Helena Bergström is a public health scientist within Region Stockholm in Sweden, working with health promotion targeting people with intellectual disabilities. She developed a health promotion intervention in community residences, focusing on diet and physical activity, and is now working on a Swedish adaption av the American intervention HealthMatters.

Dirk Bruland do research work at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences since 2018 with a focus on promoting physical acitivity and health literacy in people with intellectual disability. He is project leader of the research projects “Improvement of physical activity and related health literacy in people with intellectual disabilities” and “Geko-MmgB: Explanatory videos to promote health literacy for people with intellectual disabilities”.

Johannes Carl is with the Department of Sport Science and Sport at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. His research projects adopt a multidimensional perspective on healthy, physically active lifestyles by integrating cognitive, motivational, volitional, and physical requirements. Through the lens of physical activity-related health competence, he conducted several studies in different populations, including individuals with COPD, persons with multiple sclerosis, and apprentices in nursing care and car mechatronics. In 2018, he founded a network in German-speaking countries for the promotion of research in the area of physical activity-related health competence (Netzwerk Bewegungsbezogene Gesundheitskompetenz).”

Änne-Dörte Latteck is professor for nursing science at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. She led several projects with different research approaches focusing on people with intellectual disabilities. These include prevention and health promotion, health literacy, polypharmacy and the promotion of physical activity.

10:25 Welcoming (5 Minutes)
Prof. Ä.-D. Latteck, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Germany
10:30 The Status of physical activity (worldwide and in Germany) and the concept of physical activity related health competences
incl. 5 minutes for discussion with the speaker
Dr. (cand.) J. Carl,
Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
10:50 An overview about interventions to promote physical activity in people with intellectual disability. Results from a literature review.
incl. 5 minutes for discussion with the speaker
Dr. Dirk Bruland, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Germany

11:10 Break

11:20 A complex Health promotion intervention for people with Intellectual disabilities
45 minutes + 15 minutes for discussion with the speaker
Dr. H. Bergström, Karolinska Institutet Stockholm, Sweden
12:20 Summarizing and concluding words

Information on participating / attending:
If you are unsure using zoom, we offer a test run on 15th June from 11 to 11:30 am. Are they any connection problems, please contact


06/16/2020 10:30 - 06/16/2020 12:30

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Nutrition / healthcare / nursing, Teaching / education

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