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förges 3:
Improvement of physical activity and related health literacy in people with intellectual disabilities

04/2018 bis 03/2021

Project manager
Prof. Dr. Änne-Dörte Latteck  

Project team member
Dr. Dirk Bruland

Cooperation partner
Lebenshilfe Brakel Wohnen Bildung Freizeit gGmbH (Träger)

Project promotion
Stiftung Wohlfahrtspflege NRW

Compared to the general population people with intellectual disabilities suffer more frequently from chronical diseases and often at an earlier point of time. One big problem is the restriction of mobility that occurs often and is also connected with further health risks. A positive effect of physical activity on prevention and health preservation has been proven. By promoting physical activity and related health literacy the risk of diseases can be minimized, existing diseases can be managed better and the course of a disease can be positively influenced. However, in Germany interventions to promote physical activity forpeople with intellectual disabilities do not yet exist. The project develops a complex intervention based on the perspective of the people concerned. This interventionwill promote a physically active lifestyle of individuals with intellectual disabilities


The aim of the project is to develop and test an intervention that raise body related knowledge as well as the positive effect of movements in everyday life, to promote physical activity related health literacyand self-efficacy. This includes:

  1. To survey individual movement experiences as well as desires and needs regarding the promotion of the own mobility (perspective of the future users),
  2. Developing, testing and validating a complex intervention in cooperation with the future users.


  1. Starting point of the concept development is a systematic literature review on the key subjects of mobility, physical activity and health literacy of people with intellectual disabilities. 
  2. Establishment of a research workgroup with members of the target group for developing an adequate survey instrument and to integrate the perspective of the future users of the intervention.
  3. Development, testing and validation of a complex intervention design.
  4. Preparation and distribution of the results at conferences, in publications and for a joint project volume of the research network förges.


  • Bruland, D, Geukes, C, & Latteck, Ä-D (2019): Menschen mit Lernschwierigkeiten sind im Nachteil. Erfahrungen zur Förderung der Gesundheitskompetenz in der Eingliederungshilfe. FORUM sozialarbeit + gesundheit; Nr. 2, S.20-22
  • Bruland, D, Voß, M, Schulenkorf, I, & Latteck; Ä-D (2019): Mit Schwung und Energie durch den Tag. Partizipative Forschung zur Förderung der Bewegungskompetenzen bei Menschen mit Lernschwierigkeiten. Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11553-019-00714-7

This project is part of the research network förges.



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