The project aims to offer more individualised and flexible health promotion/prevention measured. The current offer “RV fit” includes a five-day stay at a rehabilitation centre followed by six month individual exercise programme and a refresher stay at the centre. Although there is a low barrier of access – in employment and with initial health problems – take up has remained low and participants receive the same advice regardless of their occupation. In addition, the six-month exercise programme can only be offered by certified sports centres, which limits the options available and may not always fit the patients’ personal preferences.
The project has five innovative aspects:
1. It will test direct recruitment of participations in their workplaces through targeted advertisement.
2. During the course of the project, specific teaching modules will be developed for different occupational groups such as nursing staff.
3. At the end of the prevention stay, a “transition weekend” is offered during which partners can attend and learn how training routines and behaviour change can be incorporated into a daily routine once the programme’s support stops.
4. Patients can choose their prevention courses during the six-month period after the prevention/rehabilitation centre stay. They receive a flexible budget; any certified course – particularly outside sports centres – can be chosen.
5. A prevention coach will help patients find the right course and stay in contact with them for the duration of the chosen course. in the later stages of the project an app will be available with which coaches can stay in touch with participants.
The project goals are:
• To increase participation in prevention offers and subsequent training phases.
• To match patients’ life styles and interests with flexible options.
• To make prevention more sustainable by providing individual advice and including their partners.
• To strengthen subjective satisfaction with the programme.
The estimated number of participants is 1.040 persons, who will come from Lower Saxony. The initial prevention phase will take place at a clinic in Bad Eilsen. There will be a targeted recruitment drive among firms in the region of Bad Eilsen. Project partners are DRV
Bund, which allows for the inclusion of most employees, and Hanover Medical School to provide a scientific evaluation of the project’s outcomes.