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Move Europe: a campaign for the improvement of lifestyle-related workplace health promotion in Europe

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Author: Breucker, G. · Sochert, R. · Kiesewetter, E. · Broek, K. van den · Gründemann, R. · Dijkman, A. · Haratau, T. · Leitgöb, H. · Sebinger, S.
Publisher: Gutenberg - Werbering GmbH
Place: Linz
Institution: TNO Kwaliteit van Leven
Identifier: 279654
Keywords: Werkomstandigheden · Werkomgeving · Arbeidsomstandigheden · Lifestyle · Beroepsziekten · Gezondheid · Preventie · Gezondheidsvoorlichting en -opvoeding · GVO


Since its formal founding in 1996, the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) has become one of leading European institutions in the field of Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) in Europe and can be characterised as an informal network consisting of national occupational health and safety institutes, as well as public health, health promotion, and statutory social insurance institutes. A continuous increase in the number of member states has taken place since the ENWHP was established. Particularly the increasing relevance of Eastern European countries had already been recognized before they joined the EU. The ENWHP is currently made up of 29 members with so-called National Contact Offices (NCO), an Associated Member (Canada) and Network Partners (permanent partners and other partners). In April 2006, the seventh trans-European initiative of the ENWHP, the “Move Europe” project, was started. Under the leadership of the NCO from Italy (ISPESL/University of Perugia), a total of 25 member countries participated in the three-year campaign aimed at the dissemination of good practices in the field of lifestyle-oriented WHP. The relevance of the presented issues are clear in the face of the worldwide increase in prevalence rates of chronic diseases. Thus, the WHO estimates that without specially aimed measures, the number of deaths related to chronic diseases will increase worldwide by 17 percent between 2005 and 2015.