Munich - The AOK health courses are well received by the insured. That is the result of survey by AOK Bayern among more than 2,000 course participants. According to this, three quarters of the participants still implement what they have learned six months later, and good 80 percent of the respondents subjectively rate their course participation as success.
For the survey, 274 courses in the areas of exercise, nutrition and stress management were examined . This includes, for example, Pilates and spinal exercises - which are supposed to help people with back pain. Both courses focus on strengthening and stretching the abdominal and back muscles. Six months after the end of the course, 79 percent of those surveyed practice what they have learned - on average more than six times month. Participants also feel healthier. Almost 40 percent said that their health had improved.
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Another result of the study: "The participants also benefit beyond the actual course content," says Annette Scheder, Head of Health Promotion at AOK Bayern . Those who eat healthier also exercise more often. Conversely, respondents from the relaxation courses reported that they would also pay attention to more conscious nutrition. "A positive effect - because it is precisely the interaction of the various areas that is the key to healthier life," emphasized Scheder.
The Robert Koch Institute takes individual measures such as training or courses to promote healthy lifestyle far less effective.
Berlin - When introducing healthy lifestyle, individual measures such as training or courses are aimed at changing the behavior of people or families , not very effective. In addition, such measures rarely reach socially disadvantaged groups. This is the assessment made by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). It relies on new data from the health study