A Product Service System Design for Fitness Activities Based on Active Ageing a Proposal of Fitness for Xishan Style Council

  • Yin LiangEmail author
  • Davide Fassi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9180)


This paper is about a design proposal for the “Style Council” (Xishan Style Council is local government department which take charge of organizing cultural and fitness activities. of Xishan, Wuxi, China to offer a service which help the residents, especially the elders, to do fitness in a healthy and social interactive way. It aims not only to improve physical health but also to build up a friendly relationship among the neighbors.

This service will be developed under the active ageing policy (WHO 2002) released by WHO (World Health Organization) followed by the Chinese government too. Because of this policy, many fitness spaces emerged and equipment was produced under the help of sponsors and “sports administration” (Sports Administration is a government department which take charge of Sports Events, training athletes, improving the physical fitness and exercise etc. Nowadays local government has the mission to integrate fitness resources including sponsors, fitness groups, coaches and temporary spaces to build up a fitness system which elders can easily join. But this top-down fitness system is not working well in many places.

In this proposal, we analyze this integration work in Xishan with the aim to modify and improve it toward a lifestyle which bring both physical and psychological health to people.

According to the Social innovation journey (Fassi et al. 2013) after having investigated the user’s needs, we design a service system which aims to offer multi- experienced fitness activities for elders and encourage sponsors to support this activity.


Fitness life style Active ageing Social innovation Service design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DesignPolitecnico Di MilanoMilanoItaly

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