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Physical activity promotion in German vocational education: Does capacity building work?

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posted on 2024-06-19, 22:42 authored by J Popp, Johannes CarlJohannes Carl, E Grüne, J Semrau, P Gelius, K Pfeifer
Abstract Apprentices in many sectors are exposed to increased health risks and show low levels of physical activity (PA). Environmental and policy approaches seem to be promising tools for PA promotion as they can positively influence the context in which PA occurs. This article reports results from a German research project (2015–2018) that developed and implemented measures for PA promotion in the field of vocational education (VE). A participatory approach—cooperative planning (COP)—involving researchers as well as stakeholders from policy and practice was used in two VE settings—nursing care and automotive mechatronics. We assessed the extent to which new capacities for PA promotion were created by conducting semi-structured interviews with stakeholders from both sectors (n = 12) and one group interview with nursing students (n = 4). Transcripts were analysed using qualitative content analysis. Findings show that new capacities were created mainly in the form of resources and opportunities and that several measures for PA promotion (e.g. a regular lesson on the issue of PA and health and a tutoring system) were successfully integrated into VE routines. However, establishing new organizational goals and obligations appeared to be challenging. Moreover, the article presents influencing factors, such as the participation of the main actors that strongly supported the process of capacity building within their organization. We conclude that COP seems promising in creating new capacities for PA promotion in the field of VE, and therefore has the potential to promote a physically active lifestyle among apprentices.

History

Journal

Health Promotion International

Volume

35

Pagination

1577-1589

Location

Oxford, Eng.

ISSN

0957-4824

eISSN

1460-2245

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

6

Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP)