HSG Health Days: An essential step toward a health-promoting university The relevance of “thinking health differently – rethinking performance” HSG Health Days: an important step into a health promoting university Even before the Covid 19 pandemic, national and international studies pointed to an increase in stress-related somatic and psychosomatic discomfort in the general population. International studies suggest that about a quarter of the students, service employees, and employees of academia suffer from clinically significant symptoms. The pandemic has further reinforced these trends and underscores the relevance of health promotion initiatives. What do we do to support and preserve the health of university members? Various existing services and initiatives already support HSG employees in overcoming difficult situations and maintaining their health. Within the framework of the Health Days, as a three-day event, we present both established services and new health-promoting formats in the form of innovative seminars, lectures, workshops, and check-ups. The added value of the HSG Health Days results from the impact assumptions outlined below: Promotion of individual health behaviour Incorrect assumptions or lack of knowledge about one’s health behaviour can have serious short-, medium-, and long-term effects on one's physical and mental health, quality of life, and performance. Typical topics include sleep, nutrition, exercise, and stress management. Evidence-based information in the form of lectures or workshops is thus an effective and low-threshold measure. People have different preferences and needs, so health behaviour cannot follow a one-size-fits-all template. They must be adjusted and shaped in a custom manner. Therefore, people who want to improve their health behaviour benefit from learning about and trying out different health-promoting practices. Early improvement of lifestyle and early treatment of illnesses are the most effective measures and can most efficiently prevent losses in quality of life and in the ability to work. Specific counselling services allow individual health-related questions to be clarified and to take adequate measures early, e.g. balancing one's diet, managing diabetes at an early stage, preventing chronic pain, or stress reduction. Strengthening cooperation and knowledge about existing services - The counselling, workshops and lectures held during the Health Days primarily draw on existing in-house services, making them even more known to HSG members. - The HSG Health Days promote collaboration between the various services, creating an exchange of experience between existing services and generating ideas for future prevention projects. - The HSG Health Days support collaboration between different departments of the University and are thus a mechanism of organizational integration. Strengthening a health-promoting culture - The three-day event character of the HSG Health Days brings "sustainable health" to the attention of all university members. By proving space and time to this crucial issue annually, it manifests as part of the lived HSG culture. Finally, the HSG Health Days conveys to internal and external audiences that "sustainable health" is considered a relevant issue for an internationally renowned business school. The HSG Health Days are part of our answer regarding the question "what we are doing to support HSG members to maintain their mental well-being and health". The project team The first HSG Health Days were held in 2020 due to a student initiative and in cooperation with University Sports and the Psychological Counselling Services. Based on positive feedback, it was decided to continue this project in 2021. In addition to the core project team of University Sports and the Psychological Counselling Services, numerous other offices of the HSG, student clubs, and representatives from business and health care are involved. We would like to thank all project partners. Please feel free to contact the Psychological Counselling Services team (firstname.lastname@example.org) or University Sports (email@example.com) if you have any questions or inquiries.