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.
’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’ (https://www.who.int/ncds/prevention/physical-activity/global-action-plan-2018-2030/en/).
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)
- 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 - JTroelsen@health.sdu.dk
Deputy Head Thomas Kaarsted, SDUB - firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Manager Anne Kathrine Overgaard, SUND - email@example.com