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Physical Activity

In the long term, a lack of exercise and physical inactivity can lead to associated illnesses including, overweight, back pain, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

Our everyday lives require less and less physical activity. Many adults and, increasingly, many children do not meet the minimum levels of physical activity for health benefits recommended by the WHO. Due to the importance of physical exercise in the prevention of illness and improvement of health, the promotion of physical exercise has high public health relevance.

Activities at Robert Koch Institute

In the framework of the health monitoring programme, the Robert Koch Institute regularly collects data on the exercise habits and physical fitness of children and adults. In addition to the prevalence of physical exercise and fitness, correlations with health, other behaviour and socio-demographic aspects are examined.

Research Projects and Cooperation

In the context of the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents (KiGGS), the RKI works together with a module partner composed of a joint project of the University of Konstanz (Prof. Dr. Alexander Woll), the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Prof. Dr. Klaus Bös) and the Karlsruhe University of Education (Prof. Dr. Annette Worth). With the motor skills module, the area of “Physical exercise and motor skills” can be surveyed and studied separately.


Social determinants of swimming ability among children and adolescents in Germany. Results of KiGGS wave 1

Kuntz B, Frank L, Manz K, Rommel A, Lampert T (2016) Dtsch Z Sportmed. 2016; 67: 137-143 DOI: 10.5960/dzsm.2016.238

Physical activity, aerobic fitness and parental socio-economic position among adolescents: the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents 2003-2006 (KiGGS)

Finger JD, Mensink GBM, Banzer W, Lampert T, Tylleskär T (2014) International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2014 11:43 doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-11-43

Distal and Proximal Factors of Health Behaviors and Their Associations with Health in Children and Adolescents

Lämmle L, Woll A, Mensink GBM, Bös K (2013) Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013 10:2944-2978 doi:10.3390/ijerph10072944

Physical activity and screen-based media use: cross-sectional associations with health-related quality of life and the role of body satisfaction in a representative sample of German adolescents

Finne E, Bucksch J, Lampert T, Kolip P (2013) Health Psychology & Behavioural Medicine 1(1):15–30 doi: 10.1080/21642850.2013.809313

Dietary behaviour and socioeconomic position: the role of physical activity patterns

Finger JD, Tylleskär T, Lampert T, Mensink GBM (2013) PLoSONE 8(11): e78390. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078390