Supporting active and healthy jobs in Europe: Co-creating digital solutions to reduce home-office sedentarism
Office-workers are among the ‘at risk’ groups due to their physical inactivity, being a leading cause of death worldwide. The prevalence of physical inactivity among office-workers is high, spending two-thirds of their daytime sitting, and it is increasing due to advancements in automation and technology. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a radical increase in working from home, and this change is likely to persist. It is thus important from a public health perspective to design strategies tailored to home-office workers to sit less and move more. Click2Move started in June 2022 and will run until May 2025.
The general aim of the Click2Move project is to support the development of active and healthy workplaces in Europe through health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) ‘sit less and move more’ strategies for home-office workers. To achieve this, the concrete aims of the Click2move project are to co-create, implement and evaluate a digital-based programme in different European settings, designed to reduce home-office sedentary behaviour and promote health-enhancing physical activity.
The Click2Move collaborative partnership is an innovative combination of academic organisations and physical activity promotion as well as health agencies, and consists of 5 organisations covering 5 European State Members: Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Slovenia and Spain. The partners are: The University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVic – UCC, Spain), The Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT, Ireland), The Physical Activity Promotion Agency (APGA, Slovenia), The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM, The Netherlands), and the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (Italy).
RIVM investigates what is needed for good healthcare and a healthy lifestyle, including research on occupational sedentary behaviour. In this international project, RIVM has the national coordination for the Netherlands (e.g. recruitment of companies and other participants, follow-up meetings, etc.) and has the leading role in Work Package 2 to co-create the digital solution for HEPA strategies to reduce sedentary behaviour and promote physical activity in home-office workers. Professor Karin Proper of RIVM is the WP2 leader and has a supervisory role regarding the PhD studies into the development and evaluation of the Click2Move programme.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme (ERASMUS-SPORT-2021-SCP) under grant agreement No 101050490.