AEQUIPA (full name: AEQUIPA – Physical activity and health equity: primary prevention for healthy ageing) is a regional prevention research network in the metropolitan region of Bremen-Oldenburg which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The network was formed in February 2015 and is currently in its second funding phase.

AEQUIPA consists of several universities and research institutes with established relationships to local communities and stakeholders, enabling it to link expertise from a variety of areas such as public health, psychology, town-planning, sport sciences, health technology and geriatrics.

The research network’s main aim is to strengthen the evidence base for preventive physical activity in the context of healthy ageing, yielding new insights into environmental, social-contextual and individual conditions for older adults aged 65 years and above to engage in regular physical activity.

The aims of AEQUIPA are pursued by means of two cross-sectional and five subprojects, one of which the Jacobs University Bremen is involved in. The aim of this subproject „PROMOTE“ is to develop and implement different types of interventions to promote a physically active lifestyle in older adults and evaluate the interventions’ efficacy regarding indicators of healthy aging (e.g., physical fitness, cognition, psychological well-being, social participation and health behavior).

In the first funding phase, the effectiveness of two ten-week web-based interventions was compared with a delayed intervention control group in a randomized controlled intervention trial. PROMOTE 1 was particularly focused on tailoring the web-based interventions to age, gender, motivation and current fitness. Results from this first funding phase were then translated into PROMOTE 2, which is comparing a web-based exercise intervention with a printed version over a course of nine months in initially inactive older adults. PROMOTE 2 is characterized by a cross-over design, granting participants the possibility to change intervention material after the first three months, if they prefer different material than the material they were randomized to.

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and see, e.g., Lippke, S., Ratz, T., Preißner, C. E., & Pischke, C. R. (2019). Förderung der Gesundheitskompetenz von älteren Erwachsenen in Zeiten des demografischen und digitalen Wandels: Die wissenschaftliche Perspektive am Beispiel des Interventionsprogramms „Fit im Nordwesten“. In Landesseniorenrat Thüringen (Ed.), Seniorenreport Nr. 3/2019 – Gesundheitskompetenz: Befunde-Konzepte-Interventionsstrategien (pp. 77-83). Retrieved from

Contact persons at Jacobs University:

Tiara Ratz,

Prof. Dr. Sonia Lippke,

last update: 2019-12-05