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SDU Moves event 2020

Do something good to yourself and move in the name of science

Research shows that we have become more inactive during COVID-19. We sit more and are much less active than normal. The event ‘SDU Moves’ brings activity in everyday life into focus when employees at SDU are encouraged to spend a couple of their working hours in the name of health and well-being and count active minutes with their colleagues.



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After having participated in the event we encourage you to upload the number of minutes you have exercised – preferably with a photo at Facebook:

Alternatively, you can choose to send an email with the number of exercised minutes to

Your registration will be added to the total number of registered minutes for the first ‘SDU Moves’ event.

About the project:

At the Executive Board meeting on August 27th, 2020, the Board accepted to go ahead with the SDG-challenge ‘SDU Moves’

The project began at the SDU Development Goals Kick-off in September 2019 – and the best place to start is of cause with the people who participated in the brainstorming about better health and well-being at SDU through physical activity during the day of work and study.
The kick-off event ‘SDU Moves’ on October 9th 2020 is part of this project.

Project goals:
’SDU Moves’ is a Citizen Science-project that seeks to contribute to the integration of a healthy culture in the everyday lives of staff and students. A change in behaviour is to contribute to better health and well-being at SDU. Therefore, the project is organized as a Citizen Science project where staff and students are involved and engaged in the development, execution and implementation of the project in every campus city.

Relationship to the Sustainable Development Goals:
The project aims at the SDG Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being with the objectives to:

1/ increase the awareness of the importance and effects of physical activity during the day of work/ study

2/ generate a culture in the work and study day where there is room for movement.

Through a new awareness amongst managers, staff and students the public health and well-being will have an opportunity to improve. The project is related to relevant research areas at SDU and based on tangible scientific knowledge.

The overall SDG indicators of the project:

  • 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.
  • 3.4.1 Mortality rate attributed to cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory disease

The project also based on the WHO’s ’Global action plan on physical activity 2018–2030: more active people for a healthier world’ (

The challenge will focus on movement on many levels (from tiny movements to sport/exercise and preventive training) in order to engage as many as possible amongst the staff and students:

  • The tiny movement (such as walking over to your colleague’s desk instead of emailing/phoning, stand up meetings/standing coffee breaks, standing up while working etc.)
  • Exercise to prevent injuries (typically in the shoulders, neck and lower back)
  • Sport at work (Time spend on exercising is part of the working hours)
  • Mindfulness/Meditation
  • Behavioural/ Cultural change (Permission, possibility, expectation) is integrated into every theme.

Several units and departments at SDU are already working with these elements. Therefore, we would like to get a dialogue going to gather knowledge – and get ideas, that are perceived as operational and relevant for employees and students.

The project is based on the Citizen Science principles of co-creation, knowledge sharing and joint production of data.

Want to know more?
Please contact the project management:

Professor Jens Troelsen, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics -
Deputy Head Thomas Kaarsted, SDUB -
Office Manager Anne Kathrine Overgaard, SUND -


Last Updated 05.11.2020