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Generation Couch Potato – Alternatives to Finger-Wagging

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german language

Every sixth Austrian child is overweight. Physical inactivity increases the risk of a heart attack, a stroke or diabetes. It seems that finger-wagging is not an effective means of getting young couch potatoes moving. Are there successful measures for encouraging children and young people to do more sport and physical activity? What roles can family, school and new technologies like fitness wristbands play? A kindergarten project leader, an entrepreneur, a representative of the Association for Corporate Activity (Betriebssportverband) and a sports journalist provide answers to these questions.


Managing Director, Österreichischer Betriebssport Verband, Vienna
Treasurer, AIPS - Association Internationale de la Presse Sportiv, Lausanne
Co-Founder und CEO, Trayn, Vienna
Project Leader, SALTO - SALzburg Together against Obesity, Hallein/Rif
Journalist, Alpbach Media Academy 2015 Chair

Alexandra KONCAR

Managing Director, Österreichischer Betriebssport Verband, Vienna

1985-2000 Journalistin, Editorin, Moderatorin für ORF, Ö3, ORF-Steiermark, Antenne Steiermark
2000-2007 Inhaberin, Agentur für Public Relations & Kommunikationsmanagment
2004-2007 Marketing, (Wirtschaft & Sport, Sponsoring), Wirtschaftskammer Österreich
seit 2007 Gerichtssachverständige, Werbung, Wirtschaftswerbung, Kommunikation, PR und Sponsoring
2008-2011 CEO, Spirit Infotainment GmbH - TV Production
seit 2010 Inhaberin, ah-life - macht Ideen und Projekte lebendig
2011-2014 CEO, Österreichischer Betriebssport Verband, Wien
seit 2014 Generalsekretärin, Österreichischer Betriebssport Verband, Wien

Michael KUHN

Treasurer, AIPS - Association Internationale de la Presse Sportiv, Lausanne

1959-2003 Sports Editor, Kronen Zeitung, Vienna
2003-2006 Chief Editor, Kronen Zeitung, Vienna
2007-2015 Columnist, NEWS Magazine, Vienna
1965-1993 Sports Commentator and Presenter, ORF Sports, Vienna
1997-2014 President, Sports Media Austria
seit 2012 Treasurer, AIPS - Association Internationale de la Presse Sportiv, Lausanne

Mag. Alex PINTER

Co-Founder und CEO, Trayn, Vienna

1998-2005 International Business, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
1998-2005 Sports Science, University of Vienna
2005 Project Team Member, Roland Berger, Munich
2006-2009 Strategy Consultant, Accenture, Vienna
since 2009 Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Trayn, Vienna
2009-2012 Advisor, THEFANBLOG, Villach
since 2010 External Lecturer, CEMS Programme, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna


Project Leader, SALTO - SALzburg Together against Obesity, Hallein/Rif

1985-1990 Student, Sport Science, University of Salzburg
1990-1997 Pre-Doc, German Sport University Cologne
1995-1998 Post-Doc, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
1998-2003 Post-Doc, University of Salzburg
2003-2009 Assistant Professor, University of Salzburg
2009 Associate Professor, University of Salzburg

Health Symposium

show timetable


17:00 - 17:45OpeningPlenary
17:45 - 19:00Health Policy between the Nanny State and NeoliberalismPlenary
20:00 - 23:00ReceptionSocial
20:30 - 21:30Young Talents - Crazy LadyCulture


09:00 - 10:30Two-tier Medicine - An Insidious Inequality?Plenary
11:00 - 11:45The Social Determinants of our HealthPlenary
11:45 - 12:30Health Care Pioneers against Inequality - Introduction to the Themes and Players in the Breakout SessionsPlenary
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.01: HomelessStreetwork - Unbureaucratic Medical Provision for the HomelessBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.02: HPSS - Health Promoting Secondary Schools in IcelandBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.03: AmberMed - Medical Help for the UninsuredBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.04: Doctors for a Healthy Environment: Environmental Justice and PreventionBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.05: Health-E-Net - Remote Medical Second Opinions as a Tool for Equity in Access to HealthcareBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.06: Healthacross in Practice - Cross-border Access to the Healthcare Systems in Lower Austria and South BohemiaBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.07: Niko-TeenBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.08: SALTO - SALzburg Together against ObesityBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.09: LIGA - The Voice for Child and Youth Health in AustriaBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.10: Community Clinic Volunteers Fighting Austerity Measures Causing Deaths of Patients in GreeceBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session II.01: What Do I Have?Breakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session II.02: IT-based Medical Care for Chronic Illnesses for Large Population SegmentsBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session II.03: MyMind - Accessible, Preventative Mental Health Care for AllBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session II.04: Refugee Open Ware - Rapid and Low-Cost Prosthetics for War-Wounded RefugeesBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session II.05: Video Interpreting in the Health Care SystemBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session II.06: Esperity - Connecting Cancer Patients and Improving Their Quality of LifeBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session II.07: Open Innovation in Science - Crowd Sourcing in Health ResearchBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session II.08: Pathways for Change: An Engagement Journey with IntentionBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session III.01: Transcultural Outpatient Clinic for Children and Young People at the University Clinic Hamburg EppendorfBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session III.02: We Accompany Health - For Female Migrants with Low Socio-Economic StatusBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session III.03: Hemayat - Care of Torture and War SurvivorsBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session III.04: projektXchange - Exchange Turns Strangers into FriendsBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session III.05: MiMi - With Migrants for MigrantsBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session IV.01: "I Wasn't Prepared for That" - The Voice for Family CarersBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session IV.02: Child Hospice Network - Support for Terminally Ill Children and their FamiliesBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session IV.03: Early State of the Art Autism Therapy for Better Chances of Development and InclusionBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session IV.04: Ethics at the Sick Bed - We Reach Difficult Decisions TogetherBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session IV.05: The Globalisation of Care - Ageing in the PhilippinesBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session IV.06: Holistic Care for the Dying in Rural AreasBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session IV.07: Down Syndrome Albania FoundationBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Brekout Session II.09: How a Community Participates in Deciding the Health Care it WantsBreakout
17:30 - 20:00Reception on the HillSocial


04:30 - 08:00Sunrise Hike with Peter Habeler to GratlspitzSocial
09:00 - 10:45Ideas against Inequality - Presentation of the Findings of the Breakout SessionsPlenary
11:15 - 12:50Tackling Health Inequality in the European UnionPlenary
12:50 - 13:00Summarising RemarksPlenary
13:15 - 14:45Health Talk: Throw-away Society - Who is Responsible?Social
15:30 - 17:00Partner Session 01: Primary Health Care - Daring to Change or Just More of the Same?Partner
15:30 - 17:00Partner Session 02: Equality of Opportunity in Healthcare - Tyrol vs. Vienna.Partner
15:30 - 17:00Partner Session 03: Healthcare Hotline - 24 Hours of Effective HelpPartner
15:30 - 17:00Partner Session 04: The Limits of the Welfare State - Charity as a SolutionPartner
17:30 - 19:00Generation Couch Potato - Alternatives to Finger-WaggingSocial
17:30 - 19:00Partner Session 05: Health Care in Danger - Violence Against Health Care Workers Must EndPartner
17:30 - 19:00Partner Session 06: The Helping Hand - Changing Roles of Health Professionals in a Modern Healthcare SystemPartner