playfit® is not only a manufacturer of outdoor fitness equipment, but also an ambassador for the concept of using outdoor fitness parks to meet the challenges of demographic and social change. playfit® has made an active contribution to promoting the general acceptance of outdoor fitness parks with a view to promoting better health.
Testing of outdoor fitness equipment with dementia patients at the Vitanas Dementia Centre in Schleinufer, Magdeburg
Tests on the use of playfit® equipment and the impact of training with the equipment on residents' quality of life
Following five months of observation, it was concluded that playfit® outdoor fitness equipment may be very well suited for dementia patients. Dementia is currently not a curable disease. But options for exercising, such as outdoor fitness equipment, are important in preventing dementia. Click here for more information.
THE USE OF OUTDOOR FITNESS PARKS SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCES MILD DEPRESSION
Scientific studies at the Hohe Mark clinic yield positive results
After a one-year project phase, on 15 October 2015 the first results were released of a study initiated by the State government of Hessen in collaboration with the Hohe Mark clinic, the Goethe University of Frankfurt, the University of Darmstadt and the Sports Association of Hessen on the effects of outdoor fitness parks in persons with depression undergoing clinical therapy. Click here for more information.
PLAYFIT® OUTDOOR FITNESS PARKS UNDERWENT SCIENTIFIC TESTING IN HESSEN
Exercise for a healthy ageing process – a guide for the creation of an outdoor fitness park
The state government of Hessen carried out an academic study using a playfit® outdoor fitness park in Hanau. The results from three universities on the physical uses as well as the social and psychological effects of the playfit® equipment were extremely positive. They indicated a significant increase in physical ability, particularly in terms of leg strength, walking pace and balance. The scientific results were published in a set of guidelines and are used in a number of municipalities as a guide for the planning and design of an outdoor fitness park (published 2012). Here you can find the press release and guidelines issued by the Ministry of Social Affairs in Hessen.
RheinMain University (Prof. Grit Hottenträger) was commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs of Hessen in the summer of 2012 with the follow-up to the scientific study, on which the GUIDE FOR THE OUTDOOR FITNESS PARK was based. The follow-up study confirms the exceptionally positive result of the playfit® fitness park in Hanau, both with regard to the use of the equipment and the satisfaction of users and operators. We were particularly pleased to learn that the playfit® outdoor fitness park was used by people of all ages and nationalities. Find out more about the follow-up study here.
The Social Affairs Ministry of Hessen carried out a telephone follow-up in summer/winter 2012 to the scientific study which formed the basis of the GUIDE FOR OUTDOOR FITNESS PARKS. Former project participants in Hanau and Darmstadt were asked about their use of the fitness park. The results of the study were presented at "FITNESS PARKS FOR THE ELDERLY – NEW INITIATIVES FOR SPORT AND CITY DEVELOPMENT" ON 06.09.2013. Click here for the results.
In 2013, BAGSO (German national association of organisations for senior citizens) tested a fitness park with the help of 9 senior citizens in the park facilities of St Vinzenzhaus, Bonn‐Bad Godesberg. All eight pieces of playfit® equipment were positively rated. "Outdoor fitness parks keep users fit, promote good health and the joy of movement, as well as being free to use at any time with no obligation. At a time when single-person households are increasing, the social aspect they provide should not be underestimated," says Katharina Braun from BAGSO Service GmbH. Find out more information here.
OUTDOOR FITNESS PARKS IN FACILITIES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
The "seniors on the move" collaboration is an initiative between the Privatinstitutes für Transparenz im Gesundheitswesen GmbH [private institute for transparency in the health system] and playfit GmbH for more movement and communication in later life. Together, with PH Weingarten, they initiated a bachelor thesis on the promotion of physical activity in facilities for senior citizens (published 2013). The thesis studied the significance of physical exercise in German retirement homes. Find a summary of the project here.
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STUDY ON THE EFEFCTS OF USING PLAYFIT EXERCISE EQUIPMENT ON PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA
In spring/summer 2013, as part of a collaborative project between playfit GmbH and the 'Emilstraße' retirement and care home at the hospital of Darmstadt, the positive effects of regular exercise using playfit® equipment on physical abilities, social contact and subjective well-being of participants with dementia was evaluated in accordance with the definitions of § 87 b SGB [German social security statute book] XI. Find a summary of the results here.
PLAYFIT®: PARTNERS OF THE "VITAL IN GERMANY" PROGRAMME
In 2012, playfit® participated in the German initiative "Vital in Deutschland" [Vital in Germany]. VID is a non-profit project launched by the German Post Office with the aim of giving elderly people better access to public services across all areas of social life. German cities and municipalities were invited to apply with a model idea for an outdoor fitness park. The top-class jury of the VID initiative awarded the most impressive concept with a complete playfit® fitness park. Citizens were delighted with the new attraction on the Weserwiesen. Find out more here: playfit news.
STUDY ON GENDER DIFFERENCES IN USE OF PUBLIC FACILITIES BY SENIOR CITIZENS
Scientific study by Prof. Hottenträger (University of Wiesbaden in collaboration with the Parks and Recreation department of Frankfurt/Main) 2008
This study indicated that playfit® equipment was both appealing and easy to use for adults and senior citizens, with the equipment scoring extremely high ratings. Observations showed that regular use of outdoor fitness equipment not only encouraged citizens to exercise but also improved communication between users. Click here to read the study.
STATEMENT DR. MED. ULRICH PESCHEL (DIRECTOR OF THE MÜHLENBERGKLINIK, MALENTE)
Lecture by Dr. Peschel as part of the 4th National Industry Conference in Warnemünde (8-9 July 2008).
At the 4th National Conference if the Health Industry 2008, the focus was on interdisciplinary health concepts on the subject of 'exercise and nutrition'. The Federal Ministry of Health presented its action plan for nutrition and exercise at the conference. Click here for the lecture by Dr. Peschel.