Welcome to ActivityKIT

ActivityKIT is part of the Germany-wide initiative "Bewegt studieren - Studieren bewegt! 2.0" of the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) and the Allgemeiner Deutscher Hochschulsportverband (adh).

The primary goal of the ActivityKIT project is to enable students to get more exercise in their everyday lives. In this way, individual resources, health awareness and health competence are to be strengthened. With this goal in mind, we work closely with MyHealth. Most of the project development and decision-making lies with the target group. Therefore, students who want to participate and have ideas are always welcome!

Project presentation


Communication and marketing in the SGM - designing successful projects

How can students be involved in student health management? How can an overarching communication strategy be developed within the framework of student health management? Such questions and more will be addressed by the Competence Center Health Promoting Universities on 04.11.2021 during the event "Communication and Marketing in SGM - Designing Successful Projects", because good marketing and health strategies are key factors in Student Health Management. In addition to colleagues from the TU Kaiserslautern, our ActivityKIT project leader Dr. Jule Kunkel will be organizing a workshop together with Joerg Reitermeyer.

University Sports First Day

On October 12, the new KIT freshmen had the opportunity to get to know the different offers of the university sports. Our ActivityKIT team member Philipp Braun successfully represented us here. The students showed great interest in the project and the different topics. So there was a lively exchange with students from different faculties. The ActivityKIT quiz was also completed with great interest and caused one or the other aha moment.

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Internship available

You are studying sports science at the IfSS and are still looking for an internship and are interested in health and exercise? Then apply with us!

We are currently looking for 1-2 students who would like to participate in the student health management project "ActivityKIT". The aim of the project is to promote less sitting and more movement in everyday student life. Your activities include: Collaborating on communication campaigns, maintaining the website and Instagram channel, contributing to the development and evaluation of exercise-promoting measures, and working in the field of inclusion in university sports.

Your interest has been piqued? Feel free to send your informal application with CV to Dr. Jule Kunkel (jule.kunkel@kit.edu).

We look forward to hearing from you!

Coffee Lecture
Coffee Lecture

On October 27, there will be tips and tricks from ActivityKIT again in the context of the Coffee Lecture event of the KIT library. The event revolves around the topic "Healthy and concentrated in home studies". Regular, long periods of sitting can have a negative impact on cognitive traits like your concentration and motivation - exactly what you actually need when studying. There are also immediate physical consequences such as back, neck and shoulder tension. The team from ActivityKIT and the Aktivpause will show you simple ways to make your university day at home more motivating and healthier. More information about the Coffee Lecture can be found here.

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ActivityKIT with the workshop "Stand up for health" at the Digital Congress 2021

On Saturday, October 2, 2021, the Center for School Quality and Teacher Education Baden-Württemberg (ZSL) hosted a large-scale virtual digital congress on educational topics. The aim of the congress was to give suggestions for the profitable use of digital media in schools and lessons. Our project leader Dr. Jule Kunkel conducted the interactive workshop "Stand up for health - healthy & motivated learning thanks to standing and active breaks". Among other things, the following questions were addressed: How does sitting for long periods of time affect learning and cognitive abilities? And what are the possibilities to break up long sitting in homeschooling as well as in presence?

ActivityKIT at the Sustainability Day

Project leaders Dr. Claudia Hildebrand (MyHealth) and Dr. Jule Kunkel (ActivityKIT) successfully represented the two health management projects for KIT students at Sustainability Day on September 20. This year, the Energy Turnaround Day and Sustainability Day activities took place in a joint event under the motto "We are Energy". The project leaders were pleased about the students' interest in the topics of healthy studying and about the exchange that took place.

KIT Student Survey: Studies under Pandemic Conditions

How did you experience your studies under pandemic conditions? What experiences did you have - in your studies, but also with regard to your social relationships and your health?

We want to learn from your experiences in order to be able to further develop the study conditions. Therefore, we ask you to participate in an online survey, which was jointly developed by the MyHealth project, the Psychotherapeutic Counseling Center for Students at the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe AöR, the AStA at KIT, and the KIT Quality Management. The link has been sent to your kit.edu address. Have a look and join in. Thank you!

New Active Break Videos from ActivityKIT and the Active Break

In times of the online university, even more time is spent sitting while everyday activity continues to decrease. In order to enable activating breaks in teaching or learning, Aktivpause, together with ActivityKIT, has produced two to three-minute videos in German and English. They can be integrated ideally into the daily university routine or into lectures and help to maintain the concentration, motivation and receptiveness of the students. Click here for the videos.

Publikation „Standing Breaks in Lectures Improve University Students’ Self-Perceived Physical, Mental and Cognitive Condition“

Maike Paulus, Jule Kunkel, Steffen C. E. Schmidt, Philip Bachert, Hagen Wäsche, Rainer Neumann and Alexander Woll investigated how standing breaks in lectures affect the physical, mental and cognitive state of students. The results have now been published in the Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Here you can find the publication.

Stand Up Lecture

The sendentary daily routine in the home office is a particularly big challenge at the moment. Much of the everyday movement is eliminated and there are even fewer reasons to interrupt sitting hours. In a presentation on April 9, 2021 from 11-11:45 a.m. on the topic "Stand up for Health," the ActivityKIT team hopes to show lecturers simple solutions  on how to make online teaching more active.

Here is the link to the Microsoft Teams channel. There is no registration required to attend. 

„Stand Up for Health“ Lecture

The active design of online teaching and the sendentary daily routine in the home office are particularly big challenges at the moment. In a lecture on 9 April 2021 entitled "Stand up for Health", the project management of ActivityKIT informed lecturers about the importance of the topic for teaching and also showed what simple solutions there are to make lectures more active.

The event was part of the online event series"Build your NetzWERK Health". The lecture can also be booked by other institutes or faculties at any time.

Jule Kunkel in an interview about ActivityKIT

ActivityKIT project manager Jule Kunkel presents our project in the fact and action sheet of the "Competence Center Health Promoting Universities" on the topic of "Bewegtes Studium - theoretische Grundlagen und Praxisbeispiele aus Hochschulen" (Moving Studies - Theoretical Basics and Practical Examples from Universities).Here you can find the brochure, which was published in cooperation with the Allgemeiner Deutscher Hochschulverband (adh) and the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK). The interview with Jule Kunkel is on page 18.

Publication "Students on stairs"

Philip Bachert, Claudia Hildebrand, Nils Erley, Darko Jekauc, Hagen Wäsche, Jule Kunkel, and Alexander Woll investigated to what extent a participatory nudging intervention with posters led to a change in stair use among students at KIT. The results have now been published in the Journal of American College Health. Here you can find the publication.

Active in the home office with active break

Every Monday and Thursday from 1:45 to 2 p.m. and every Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:15 to 11:30 a.m. the active break is offered online via Zoom.

The flyer with the dial-in data for Zoom can be found here.

Stand Up for Health Lecture

A study of standing breaks in teaching at the KIT was able to show that students feel, among other things
feel more alert and concentrated if they regularly take standing breaks. In our lecture "Stand up for Health", we would like to present the topic and its importance for our KIT students and show what simple solutions there are that teachers or students can implement directly.

Feel free to write us at activity.kit∂sport.kit.edu and make an appointment for a "Stand up lecture" via Zoom!

ActivityKIT lecture at the "Netzwerk Gesundheitsfördernde Hochschulen Südwest" (Network Health Promoting Universities Southwest)

On December 11, 2020, ActivityKIT project lead Dr. Jule Kunkel and student assistant Sophia Hümpfer gave a presentation on the topic of Nudging Intervention for Standing Breaks in the Home Office at the Health Promoting Universities Southwest online meeting.

ActivityKIT introduces itself to international KIT students

ActivityKIT presented itself to the international freshmen at the welcome event of the International Students Office. In addition to tips on healthy studying, there was a sports program in the open-air hall of the University Sports Center and refreshments from the Smoothie-Mobile of the TK.

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ActivityKIT 2.0 starts on 1.6.2020

ActivityKIT has been around since 2017. Now the project officially enters the 2nd round, as it is again funded by "Bewegt studieren - studieren bewegt! 2.0" by the adh (Allgemeiner Deutscher Hochschulsportverband) and the TK (Techniker Krankenkasse).

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ActivityKIT is an example of best practice

The DUZ Special is the exclusive supplement to the renowned DUZ magazine (Deutsche Universitätszeitung). In the issue "Bewegt studieren - Studieren bewegt!" successful projects of the initiative are presented - among others ActivityKIT The special is also available as e-journal or PDF.

ClicKIT reports about ActivityKIT

ClicKIT web magazine reports on 09 Dec 2019 about the importance and work of ActivityKIT.

ActivityKIT among the finalists of the foundation award

On 18.11.2019, the Foundation Knowledge+Competences Award was presented in Karlsruhe, where ActivityKIT was one of the finalists for the socially oriented award. Maike Paulus and Dr. Jule Kunkel presented our project to the audience, of course with a standing break. Even if it wasn't enough for a prize, the project met with great approval and interest.

Final event of the project "Bewegt studieren - studieren bewegt!

For the final event of "Bewegt studieren - studieren bewegt!" the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) and the Allgemeiner Deutscher Hochschulsportverband (adh) invited to Berlin in June 2019. Here the report of the adh and in the attachment you can find the corresponding video, in which our project leader Jule Kunkel has her say.