Details for: „Happy together” – Fitness and nutrition courses for migrants from Turkey


Country Austria
Projectname„Happy together” – Fitness and nutrition courses for migrants from Turkey
Projectname (nationale language)„Gemeinsam Wohlfühlen – Bewegungs- und Ernährungskurs für Migrantinnen aus der Türkei“
  • Frauengesundheitszentrum FEM Süd
Link to organisationLink to organisation
Type of organisationpublic
Project managerMag. Huberta Haider-Koumansky
Relevance of the modelEvidence-based, established model on health promotion for older people
  • Educationally disadvantaged older people
  • Older people from minority ethnic groups
  • Older women
  • Socio-economically disadvantaged older people
  • City
Funded by
  • Fonds Gesundes Österreich
  • Fonds Soziales Wien
  • Wiener Krankenanstaltenverbund
Short summaryThe project focuses on the well-being of migrant women from Turkey. In special courses (12 weeks) the reasons for their health problems or deficiencies are fathomed. Special consideration is given to nutritional aspects and physical activity.
Main objectives
  • Giving information on healthy nutrition.
  • Granting access to fitness and physical activities.
Main activities
  • A fitness and nutrition programme was established for women to lose weight and increase their well-being
  • Information was given to migrants about healthy eating habits, calories, and individual habits were analysed
  • Awareness for one’s own body was raised with personal hygiene, dancing, psychological aspects and fitness
  • Families of migrant women were involved and the project was carried out in typical places migrants stay (cafes, mosques etc.).
Description of evaluationThree interviews before, after and three months after the end of the project. Before the project women stated taking regular medication, being unhappy and eating when being depressed (33% of participants). After the project medication was reduced and 10% of the women understood that eating is not the only way of ending frustation. After the end of the project women met in the afternoons for jogging and walking which had not been the case before.
Main results
  • The interviews claimed that the information flow about healthy eating and healthy lifestyle had increased enormously. Positive changes had also taken place in the preparation and storage of groceries. The drop out rate was compared to similar Austrian projects very low. The migrant women sticked with the project until the end.
Contact nameMag. Huberta Haider-Koumansky
Contact telephone+43 1 60191-5201
  • nutrition
  • physical activity
More information on inclusion criteria
2. EvaluationThe evaluation clearly showed health effects in the participating women: their lifestyle changed (sports and fitness), their view on nutrition changed, and they were able to reduce medication after the 12 weeks project.
3. Multi-faceted, holistic 
4. Sustainability 
5. Voice of older people 
6. Model involves visible and invisible target groupsThe project's main target group are migrant women from Turkey. Their special needs and concerns are worked on in the project.
7. Diversity 
8. Geographical and physical accessibility 
10. Gender sensitivityThe project makes an effort to deal with the special needs of migrant women and their daily chores. Nutritional courses and healthy cooking are issues the project focuses on, which also has positive effects on their families.
12. Empowerment 
14. Consumer satisfaction 
16. Innovative strategy 


Background Information on Database

The aim of the second phase of the healthPROelderly project was to collect models of good practice in the area of health promotion for older people. One of the main activities in this project phase was to elicit criteria by which to choose such models in each of the participating countries. The exclusion criteria and inclusion criteria were elicited by all project partners on the basis of the literature overview of health promotion for older people carried out in the first project phase. Project partners searched for models in their countries by: 1) using the literature databases they had compiled; 2) by using health promotion databases and other information available on internet and 3) by consulting their national boards and other experts.

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