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Welcome to SDU Moves

SDU Moves is a Citizen Science project, with a strategy that aims to contribute to integrating a culture with more movement into everyday life for employees and students at SDU.  The strategy was initiated at SDU Sustainable Goals Kick Off in September 2019 and has been ongoing since 2020. 

The purpose of the strategy is partly to increase awareness of the importance and effects of movement during the work- and study day, and partly to create space in the culture for more movement activities. SDU Moves has a particular focus on creating a culture of movement with e.g. active meeting forms, "Intelligent Training" to prevent and improve pain as a result of a sedentary work- and study day as well as both annual and monthly movement activities. 

SDU Moves consists, in addition to the project manager and administrative staff, of over 100 movement ambassadors from SDU, who all help to spread knowledge of the strategy and to promote the culture of movement at SDU.


What you should know about 'SDU Moves'

‘SDU Moves’ is a Citizen Science project, which purpose is to contribute to the integration of a healthy and active culture within the everyday lives of employees and students. It is about bettering the general health and well-being at SDU through behavioral changes. Therefore, the project is embedded as a Citizen Science-project, meaning that employees and students are included in both the development and implementation of the project on all SDU campuses.

The project targets Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3: Health and Well-being, with the purpose of:
1. Increasing awareness regarding the importance and effects of movement throughout the work- and study day.
2. Creating a culture within the work- and studyday that inhabits movement.

By increasing awareness amongst the administration, employees and students, the general health and well-being at SDU has the opportunity to grow and improve. The project is based on scientifically proven knowledge, partly deriving from relevant SDU based research.

The project engages with the following SDG-indicators:

  • 3.4 By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.
  • 4.1 Mortality rate attributed to cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory disease. 
The project also considers WHO’s ’Global action plan on physical activity 2018–2030: more active people for a healthier world’ ( plan-2018-2030/en/).

In order to engage as many employee groups and students as possible, SDU Moves will target movement on different levels, with everything from activities that entail smaller movements to a variety of sports as well as preventive training. This includes:

  • Smaller movements (like walking to a colleague instead of email/phone, standing meetings/work, standing coffee breaks etc.)
  • Activities for injuries (typically in regard to shoulders, neck and lower back)
  • Movement activities in and around the work space (activities are part of working hours)
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Behavioral and cultural changes (permission, opportunity, expectation) are implemented in all activity themes.

Several departments and units at SDU are already engaging in activities related to the elements above. We seek to collect experiences and ideas through dialogue with employees and students. Thereby, the project builds on Citizen Science-principles, such as collaboration, knowledge sharing, and joint production of data.

You can find the different movement activities at SDU for employees and students by visiting MySDU or SDUnet on the right side of this page.

You can always write an email to:

Project management:
Movement Counselor Linnea Marie Sjöberg, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics –

Head of Department Jens Troelsen, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics -

Assistant Manager Thomas Kaarsted, SDUB –

Office Manager Anne Kathrine Overgaard, SUND –