On 18 and 19 March 2014 our EU project “Fit for Life Europe” to encourage physical exercise among older people came to a close with a conference in the Stuttgart Town Hall. At the same time the project team (partners from Bologna, Extremadura, Limoges, Rotterdam, Stuttgart and Warsaw) presented the result of this project process – the guide “Promoting exercise among senior citizens in European municipalities”. During these two days experts, as well as local hands-on practitioners from all over Europe, reported on the background situation and solutions and discussed and exchanged their experience.


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

from 08:30 Accreditation

09:00 Welcoming speeches

Opening: Mayor Fritz Kuhn

Alfons Hörmann, President of the German Olympic Commitee

10:00 Introduction

Dr. Monika Köster

Federal Centre for Health Education (Germany)

10:30 Initiative presentation

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Alfred RĂĽtten

University of Erlangen 

11:30 Coffee break

12:00 Do we have a blind spot for the importance of physical activity in older people? A struggle for healthy living

Prof. Dr. Marijke Hopman- Rock

European Network for Action ond Ageing and Physical Activity (EUNAAPA)

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Poster Session

14:30 Developing an European Dimension in Sport

Representative of the European Commision tbc

15:00 EU Project Fit For Life

Project Representative

15:30 Parallel workshops

Workshop 1

HEPA Framework Europe

Carolin Barz, Capital city Stuttgart, Department for sport and movement

Elisa Saccinto, University of Bologna

Workshop 2

Information / Communication

Prof. Luca Pietrantoni

Workshop 3


Lena Knorr, Capital city Stuttgart, Department for sport and movement

With partners of the regional gouvernment of Extremadura and the city of Limoges

Workshop 4

Education / Knowledge

Prof. Herbert Hartmann and Pia Pauly from DTB (German Gymnastic Federation)

Workshop 5

HEPA Framework, Baden- WĂĽrttemberg

Dr. Christoph Rott, Dr. Torben Sammet

Workshop 6

Effective fall prevention: The exercises that work

Prof. Dr. Dawn Skelton

Workshop 7

Action plan "physical activity promotion of elderly"

Prof. Dr. Michael Kolb

approx. 17:30 End of the workshops

from 19:30 Reception in the multigenerational house in Stuttgart Heslach

Greeting Werner Wölfle, Mayor for general administration and hospitals


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

 09:00 Practical visits on site

 1 Robert Bosch Hospital, tbc

 2 Sport in the park

 3 Senior fitness test introduction

11:00 Arrival city hall and coffee

11:15 Results of the workshops

12:15 Geriatric aspects on healthy ageing 

Prof. Dr. Clemens Becker

Geriatric rehabilitation, Robert Bosch Hospital 

12:45 Lunch

13:45 Exercise to prevent falls: practical implementation

Prof. Dr. Dawn Skelton

Glasgow Caledonian University

14:15 Healthy ageing in the city

Antonio Borgogni 

University of Cassino and Southern Lazio

14:45 Coffee break

15:15 Implementation of health enhancing physical activity in the city

Prof. Dr. Michael Kolb

15:45 HEPA Handbook Presentation

Project representative

16:00 Official handover of the HEPA Handbook by the representatives of the project to the European Commission and to the participants

Dr. Susanne Eisenmann, Mayor for Culture, Education and Sport

approx. 16:15  End of the Conference




The following speakers have confirmed their participation:

Prof. Dawn Skelton

Professor Dawn Skelton is Professor of Ageing and Health at the School of Health and Life Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University. She is a commissioned author for the World Health Organisation’s Health Evidence Network and the UK’s Department of Health.

She co-hosted the 8th World Congress on Active Ageing, August 2012 in Glasgow.


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Alfred RĂĽtten

Since 2001, Alfred RĂĽtten is  Director of the Institute of Sports Science (ISS), Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg.

He is chair of the Department of Public Health and movement and holds a Chair of Sports Science. Previously, he was Professor of Sociology of Sport / Sport Psychology, Chemnitz University of Technology, Research Professor of Sociology, University of Birmingham, and Visiting Professor of Public Health at Yale University.

Prof. Emeritus. Dr. Marijke Hopman- Rock

Prof. emeritus dr. Marijke Hopman-Rock holds the chair for "Physical Activity and Health in Older Persons"  at VU university medical center in Amsterdam. She also worked with TNO (the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientic Research) in Leiden.

Marijke is the past (founding) chair of the European Network for Action on Ageing and Physical Activity (EUNAAPA) and honorary member; past vice president of the European Group for Research on Elderly and Physical Activity (EUNAAPA); past co chair of the Aging Interest group of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM); past associate editor of the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (JAPA, Human Kinetics) and  BMC Public Health. She was also in the editorial board of Active Aging Today.
She studied Biology, Psychology, Statistics and Epidemiology

How to get to the Stuttgart city hall by public transport

The conference venue can easily be reached by public transport. Starting at the main station take line 5, 6, 7 or 12, direction Leinfelden, Botnang, Ostfildern till Charlottenplatz, from where it is only a seven minutes walk to the city hall.

You might also take the bus No 43, 44, direction Westbahnhof or Killesberg that stop at the station "Rathaus".

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