Increasing habitual walking by promoting purposeful activities in the neighbourhood: effects of a personalized, GIS-based intervention for mobility-limited and chronically ill older adults (MOBITEC-Routes)


There is growing evidence that even low-intensity physical activity (e.g., walking at a “normal” pace) produces substantial health benefits. Walking is “universally accessible”, even for mobility-limited and chronically ill older people. To date, little consideration has been given to the environment and individual preferences of older people when promoting walking. A personalized approach based on geographic information systems (GIS) could help address the problem of low long-term adherence to walking programs.


MOBITEC-Routes aims to investigate the effects of an individualized GIS-based intervention on walking, physical activity, physical function, life space, participation in social activities, and quality of life.


In the target group of chronically ill, mobility limited older people (aged 65 years and older), the experimental intervention will be compared with a control intervention in a randomized controlled trial.


If successful, the personalized GIS-based approach can be easily implemented in preventive health promotion.

Project lead

PD Dr. Timo Hinrichs (Department of Sport, Exercise and Health, University of Basel)

Project coordination

Dr. René Schilling (Department of Sport, Exercise and Health, University of Basel)

Project partners

Prof. Dr. Robert Weibel (Department of Geography, Geographic Information Systems Unit, University of Zurich)

Prof. Dr. Taina Rantanen (Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences & Gerontology Research Center, University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

Prof. Dr. Erja Portegijs (Human Movement Sciences, University of Groningen, Netherlands)

PD Dr. Corina Schuster-Amft (Reha Rheinfelden)

Dr. Denis Infanger (Department of Sport, Exercise and Health, University of Basel)

Dr. Eleftheria Giannouli (Department of Sport, Exercise and Health, University of Basel & Institute of Human Movement Sciences and Sport, ETH Zurich)

Dr. Christina Röcke (Healthy Longevity Center (HLC), Center for Gerontology (ZfG), University Research Priority Program (URPP) “Dynamics of Healthy Aging”, University of Zurich)

Dr. Anna Mai (Department of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany)

Prof. Dr. Arno Schmidt-Trucksäss (Department of Sport, Exercise and Health, University of Basel)

Advisory Board

Katrin Ackermann (Pro Senectute beider Basel)

Stephan Riedl (Verband der Privaten Krankenversicherung e.V., Germany)

Prof. Dr. Jan-Marc Hodek (Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences, Germany)

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Thiem (Albertinen-Haus Hamburg & University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany)


Velux Stiftung (Project No. 1782)



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