GESUND! (= HEALTH!) was a participatory project where academic researchers were doing research together with people with intellectual disabilities. The research project focused on health education and health promotion for and with people with intellectual disabilities.
Our main questions were:
In order to answer these questions, we planned various studies and developed different activities during the course of the project:
1st funding period (2015-2018):
In the first funding period of GESUND! we developed and implemented a health education program and realized four inclusive research projects: two smaller projects in a workshop for adapted work (sheltered workplace), a Photovoice study in the district of Berlin-Lichtenberg (Germany), and an evaluating writing workshop.
2nd funding period (2018-2021):
In the course of the second funding period, four health education seminars were jointly developed, tested in a sheltered workshop, evaluated for their practicability and comprehensibility, and prepared for publication. The seminars deal with topics such as heart health, healthy nutrition and relaxation, and combine these topics with aspects of sustainability and environmental protection.
We have made four explanatory videos for our seminars. These videos are compiled on this page (English subtitles available).
Catholic University of Applied Sciences Berlin
LWB - Lichtenberger Werkstätten gemeinnützige GmbH (workshop for adapted work/ sheltered workplace)
Coordination and support:
In the first funding phase, we were accompanied by a scientific advisory board.
In the second funding phase, GESUND! worked with an advisory group consisting of representatives of the cooperation partners, other social organisations (Bundesvereinigung Lebenshilfe e.V.; RBO - Inmitten gemeinnützige GmbH; Akademie für Gesundheit, Kommunikation & Recht) and the vdek.
For more German-speaking publications check our German projekt page.