RWTH aktiv - Moving University


“Moving University” is a project of the University Sports Center to promote health at RWTH. It is supported by Techniker Krankenkasse . Beside the main subject area of physical activity, the project also encompasses relaxation, stress relief and diet.

The aim of the project is the sensitization towards the importance of physical activity and health in everyday (work or student) life as well as the creation of incentives for behavioral change amongst staff and students of RWTH.

The students of RWTH Aachen are the next target group to be moved into the focus of the project. Thanks to the subproject “BottomsUp”, countless initiatives to combat a sedentary lifestyle have been successfully carried out in the past. Next, the University Sports Center wishes to bring more movement into the everyday lives of students. This is to be achieved by the Student-Pausenexpress, amongst other initiatives. The newest offer, the “Vitality Bike”, will also contribute to turning RWTH Aachen University into a truly “active university”.

Theoretical Basis

Based on the “Settings Approach” developed by the WHO, the project focusses on the entire university setting, which due to its special circumstances has a decisive impact on the health of those groups of people active within it.

As part of the setting approach, not only measures focused on the individual (behavioral prevention) are carried out, but also changes to the circumstances and structures of the entire university setting are made (situational prevention).