Health promotion

two people make stretch exercises on a meadow

Source: © Wolfgang Bellwinkel / DGUV

Health promotion comprises measures and activities designed to strengthen both existing and potential human health resources. It is to be seen as a process which targets the empowerment of human beings to make responsible decisions regarding their health.

The concept of "health promotion" was originally developed by the WHO in 1986 and incorporated into the Ottawa Charter. In addition to empowering human beings to deal with health in an independent and self-determined manner, health promotion also aims to ensure health-conscious workplace design according to the setting approach.

In workplace, educational institution and children’s daycare facility settings in particular, this sees the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) and its members  support "humane measures which promote health and empower human beings to contribute to the creation of economic and social value regardless of their personal circumstances."


Violetta Aust
Safety and Health Department
Work-related health hazards
Tel.: +49 30 13001-4580