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Health. Climate protection. HHU is running and every step counts!

An active lifestyle is good for your health - that's no secret. Exercise not only has a positive effect on physical health and prevents disease, but also influences mental well-being and performance.

It doesn't always have to be the gym for this, it also helps to build "healthy habits". An important part of this is integrating exercise into everyday life - only the beginning is sometimes difficult.

To help all students and employees who want to move more "get on their feet," a step competition will be held for the first time at HHU from June 2 to June 22. Participation is doubly rewarding: exercise is good for the body and mind, and HCSD will donate to a climate protection project of their choice on behalf of the three institutions that have walked the farthest.

To count the steps, we use the infrastructure of "10,000 Steps" - a BMBF-funded research project at HHU that conducts research on health promotion in everyday life. All HHU students and employees can participate. In "10,000 Steps" there is already a step competition for HHU and a team for each department or division. Students and employees can easily assign themselves to the team they want to walk for.  

How can I participate?

Register on the "10,000 Steps Düsseldorf" homepage with an e-mail address and a user name

Under competitions you will find the "HHU Steps Challenge", in which you can simply participate at the touch of a button.   

 You run in teams, with each academic department and each department of the administration representing a team. You can easily assign yourself to the institution you are running for.

Under "my steps" you can enter the steps you have run, this can be done daily, but also in retrospect. How the steps are counted, whether by app, fitness bracelet or similar, is up to you.

Where can I walk?

Running can be done anywhere and any movement is better than none. Whether it's on campus, on the way to the train, or a lap around the block at home: every step counts. We've put together a few ideas for where you can take time out on campus to walk during your lunch break or between lectures.

Why 10,000 steps?

The WHO recommends regular weekly physical activity for all healthy adults, with a combination of moderate and intense exertion. Moderate exertion can be achieved, for example, by brisk walking, so that a daily walk can also be an important building block for strengthening health. With funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the team led by Prof. Dr. Claudia Pischke (HHU) is investigating how the 10,000 Steps program can support more exercise in everyday life.

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