The Conference “Innovations for the progressive development of public health”
On the 8th of June, 2018 on the occasion of the 210th Anniversary of the Institute of Hygiene as well as the 100th Anniversary of Lithuania as an Independent State – the conference “Innovations for the progressive development of public health” has been organised.
The aim of the project was to share the experience / to learn how to apply the networking principle to health and well-being of employees; also to discuss the challenges of employee’s health and well-being at different ages; and to seek for the solutions together taking into account the good Finnish experience. During the project, four events took place in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Subsequently, representatives of these countries presented their experiences and tailor-made measures at a joint meeting.
An introductory workshop-discussion “Health and well-being at work at all ages” was held in Vilnius in December, 2017. It was organised by the Institute of Hygiene in cooperation with the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.
The event brought together nearly 50 representatives from business and public enterprises and institutions, universities, and non-governmental organisations. The theoretical material on how to improve health and well-being of employees of all age groups, as well as networking and network operation principles were presented at the event. During the discussions the participants noted that one of the most important challenges faced by enterprises is the lack of a positive attitude of the employer towards different age employees and the creation of a better working environment and an individual approach to workers of different age. They also missed opportunities for lifelong learning.
The raised issues were further discussed in the next meetings arranged in spring 2018.
In June, 2018 in Helsinki (Finland), the Finnish Institute for Occupational Health (FIOH) organised the final event of the project „Co-operation and competence network for promoting occupational health, safety and well-being at work“. The aim of the event was to review and evaluate the activities and the results achieved by the project.
The participants of the event discussed what strategic and practical steps each country should be taking in order to develop occupational health and safety networks and how it would be possible to continue cooperation in order to develop such networks at national and international level.
The discussions in the Lithuanian group emphasized the importance of not losing relations with the participants of the project and continue the network development in Lithuania. It was suggested to initiate a Network for Health Promotion at Work and look for funding possibilities.
For more detailed information about the said project results contact: Rasa Šidagytė, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scientific and Practical Conference “Promoting Physical Activity in Workplaces: Progress and Future Prospects”, Vilnius, November 22, 2017.
A Scientific and Practical Conference “Promoting Physical Activity in Workplaces: Progress and Future Prospects”, took place in Vilnius, Lithuania in November 22, 2017.
Nearly one hundred participants from enterprises, public health bureaus, science and other institutions gathered at the conference.
The presentations were made by lecturers from the World Health Organisation, the Danish National Research Center for the Working Environment, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania, the Department of Physical Education and Sports under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the Institute of Hygiene, the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, Šiauliai University , Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.
The first part of the conference discussed the strategic aspects of physical activity promotion in workplaces. The directions of physical activity promotion in workplaces were presented by the representative of the World Health Organisation and the Lithuanian representatives in this area. The second part of the Conference dealt on practical aspects. The lecturers from three universities raised questions about irregular body positioning, the management of ergonomic risk factors, and the ability to address these problems physically.
Evaluating the experience of the world and Lithuanian scientists and the best practices as well as the international recommendations, strategies and legislation related to the development of physical activity at workplaces, the participants of the conference offered to the specialists, employers, employees to pay attention to some advises:
- To introduce specific physical activity encouragement programs at workplaces, depending on the company’s occupational risk arising from the nature of the activity; and possibilities for employees. These preventive programs help to reduce work-related musculoskeletal diseases and the other health problems to prevent occupational diseases and disabilities;
- To find new forms to promote physical activity at workplaces and to choose effective,
evidence-based measures that are recognized and recommended by international and national organisations;
- Let’s not forget anyone! It means that introducing physical activity the workplace it is important to take into account each employee’s needs and “not to forget” the employees who have the specific mobility needs of their age restrictions or the nature of work (standing, sitting, physically active, etc.);
- To effectively promote physical activity at workplaces, it is necessary to work with the competent specialists of the activity: ergonomics specialists, physiotherapist, occupational safety and health services specialists;
- To expand cooperation and to develop the potential of the Public Health Bureaus of municipalities through deepening the competence of these specialists, providing methodical assistance and involving this into health promotion programs of enterprises.