Communities Of Practices for Healthy Lifestyle

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COP4HL is an Erasmus+ funded project aiming at promoting healthy aging through interventions in the everyday environment of selected population groups. The cornerstone of the overall project is development of a number of national Communities Of Practices (COP) designed via collaborative processes involving a wide range of stakeholders.

The ageing population is a global issue vastly becoming bigger due to the decline in fertility rates (in some parts of the world) and increased life expectancy. There is a need to think and act differently in the future to meet this challenge and ensure healthy, active aging.

For this reason, the Danish COP aims at developing and qualifying educational modules targeting university and vocational students – so they are even better prepared to implement and innovate training for senior citizens.

The project is based on a Participatory/Citizen Science approach where diversity in terms of different stakeholders is an important driver for the project outcomes.

In the Danish COP, seniors, municipalities, a fitness franchise focusing on training for elderly, students and the coordinating university work together to create an Active Aging Trainer (AAT) module focusing on active healthy ageing for Danish senior citizens aged 65 and above. This has been done through interviews, questionnaires, workshops and meetings as well as two rounds of piloting the initially developed module.

The AAT-module focuses on students abilities to deliver high-quality fitness interventions to older individuals and groups. During the module, students are introduced to newest evidence and guidelines on physical activity and ageing. Changes in neuromuscular function and particularly the emerging evidence regarding loss of muscle power, strength and mass (sarcopenia) as we grow older are key areas in the module – and different strategies to postpone those issues are taught.

After finalizing the second module pilot in September, 2019, next step is accreditation of the module within the Europe Active system.

As from the fall of 2020, university students will be able to attend the AAT-module as part of their studies in sports and health science, whilst non-university students like physiotherapists, personal trainers etc. will be able to purchase the module provided by the fitness franchise.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventISBNPA conference 2020 - New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 17. Jun 202020. Jun 2020


ConferenceISBNPA conference 2020
LocationNew Zealand
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
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