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Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) in Austria „Österreichfenster“ bei der Europäischen Ministerkonferenz der WHO zum Thema Ernährung und NCD im Kontext 2020

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Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) in Austria „Österreichfenster“ bei der Europäischen Ministerkonferenz der WHO zum Thema Ernährung und NCD im Kontext 2020. The Austrian Model of WHP. successful Austrian approach to high-quality and sustainable WHP: - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) in Austria

„Österreichfenster“ bei der Europäischen Ministerkonferenz der WHO zum Thema Ernährung und

NCD im Kontext 2020

The Austrian Model of WHP» successful Austrian approach to high-quality and sustainable WHP:

Austrian Network Workplace Health Promotion

(built by social security institiutions and social partners)

Fonds Gesundes Österreich (FGÖ)the national health promotion organisation

» FGÖ funded more than 300 comprehensive WHP-projects » based on quality criteria of the Luxembourg Declaration on WHP in the EU

(1997) and» correspond to the WHO Ottawa Charter (1986)

The Luxembourg Declaration on Workplace Health Promotion –> THE BASIC DOCUMENT of WHP

“Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) is the combined efforts of employers, employees and society to improve the health and well-being of people at


This can be achieved through a combination of:» improving the work organisation and the working environment» promoting active participation» encouraging personal development

The Luxembourg Declaration on Workplace Health Promotionin the European Union, 1997

Funding of WHP-projects by the FGÖ

» FGÖ = national competence center and central funding office for health promotion in Austria and one of the three business units of Gesundheit Österreich GmbH (GÖG)

» Activities of the FGÖ are based on the health promotion act released in 1998 (Gesundheitsförderungsgesetz 1998) Workplace Health Promotion decided mentioned

» the aim is to support companies in the implementation of WHP by impulse funding

» funding of project-process ( co-funding of projects from the company’s own budget or from other funding stakeholders), charges for the implementation of interventions and an infrastructural investment can not be accepted

WHP-project process according to WHP-management cycle (Public Health Action Cycle)

steering committee• planning, target-setting• controlling

assessment• employee attitude surveys• analysis of sick leave data

measures• organisation-directed• behavioural-directed

health panels• participation• suggestions for improvement


Focus NUTRITION» nutrition is an important issue of funded WHP-projects

» enterprises sometimes use nutrition-measures as a first step to improve employees health and start developing a healthy enterprise (e.g. „the apple day“)

» enterprises offer a wide spectrum of healthy nutrition activities as a part of comprehensive WHP-projects :

» community nutrition (e.g. healthy staff canteen)

» sensibilization for healthy nutrition» cooking workshops,

nutrition courses, etc.

Focus NUTRITION» All activities and contents are corresponding to the Austrian

National Nutrition Action Plan published by the Austrian Ministry of Health

» FGÖ has developed a cook book especially for community nutrition and gastronomyand organises workshops for people working there:

Examples for formal project funding criteria

» submission before project starts via “FGÖ-Projektguide” ( = online-project-development-tool

» Everybody can submit an application – correctly by companies, not by agents or external consultants

» singular submission for perennial projects

» minimum-level of project costs for WHP-projects: EUR 5,000 (low budget projects)

» simplified submission form for WHP-projects with an applied sum < EUR 10,000


Information material of evidence by FGÖ» Magazin Gesundes Österreich (magazine “Healthy Austria”)» mobbing- and burn-out-guidelines» brochure WHP for small and medium-sized businesses» WHP in Austria – models of good practice 2011» WHP in Civil Service» publication of results of commissioned

research projects

Further education program» assurance of sustainability by capacity building is a quality

criteria in FGÖ-funded projects

» for this the FGÖ offers different further education programmes in cooperation with the Austrian network WHP:» WHP project management» health panel moderation» healthy leadership

target group are internal players in WHP-projects

» seminar booking via the further education database of the FGÖ:

The Austrian Network WHP» founded in 2000» national coordination office is situated at the Upper Austrian

Health Insurance» regional offices as centres of excellence in

the nine federal states» situated at the health insurances

» service centres of the Austrian network WHP» Railway and Mining Insurance Institution (VAEB)» Public Servants‘ Insurance Institution (BVA)

» partner of the Austrian network WHP» Central Federation of Social Insurance Carriers (HVB)» Social Insurance Institution of Industrial Economy (SVA)» Economic Chamber Austria (WKÖ)» Chamber of Labour (BAK)» Confederation of Austrian Labour Unions (ÖGB)» Industrialists' Association  (IV)» Accident Insurance Institution (AUVA)

Quality assurance

» quality assurance program of the Austrian Network WHP- three stages: 1. WHP-charter (until now 830 signings)2. WHP-quality label (until now 356 companies achieved the label; limited to three years)3. WHP-award (5th award in March 2011)

» sustainability of workplace health promotion:» workplace health management» integrated management

74 companies already received the quality label twice, 35 even three times

Services and activities of the Austrian network WHP» consultancy and support of companies regarding implementation

of WHP by regional offices and service centres» individual services, e.g.

» analysis of sick leave data» employee attitude surveys» theme-specific programs (e.g. programs regarding exercise, nutrition, non-

smoking campaigns)» information and public relation (e.g. WHP-newsletter)» dissemination of a common comprehension of WHP by means of

the process model:» focus on environment-directed interventions,

e.g. leadership, communication, workorganisation and –processes, (decision) latitude, gratification, social support




Contact details

Dr. Klaus Ropin, health specialist [email protected], +43 1 895 04 00 - 14

Mag. (FH) Sabrina Kucera, project [email protected], +43 1 895 04 00 – 22

Fonds Gesundes ÖsterreichA business division of Gesundheit Österreich GmbHAspernbrückengasse 2, 1020 /