Health-promoting effects resulting from pedelec use
The World Health organization (WHO) recommends 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of persistent intensive physical activity for preventive health promotion per week. Thus, the occurrence of e.g. cardio-vascular, metabolic and cancer diseases can be reduced by up to 50 %. The use of a pedelec is, in contrast to cycling, associated with a lower physical strain. Therefore, this prospective study investigates, whether the WHO´s targets for preventive physical activity may be achieved by using a pedelec. Besides the sport-medical surveys of vital parameters, health economic implications will also be evaluated. Central issues are the evaluation of economic savings resulting from prevention in selected indicators as well as the determination of costs associated or incurred with the usage of pedelecs.
Funded by the German Federal Environmental Agency
Dr. Jan Zeidler