- Monitoring Physical Activity and Fitness
- Health-related fitness tests for public health monitoring
- Development and evaluation of a 2-km Walking Test
- Health-related fitness test battery
- Health-related fitness tests for older adults
- Required motor abilities in commonly practised exercise modes
- Physical activity and motor abilities
- Health 2000 and Health 2011
- Exercise Loading and Bone Structure
- KidsOut! — promoting physical activity and reducing sedentary behavior among 8th graders
- Physical Activity as a Medicine
- Counselling, lifestyle and physical activity in maternity care -study (NELLI)
- Effect of physical activity on menopausal symptoms
- Breast Cancer and Exercise
- KÄPY Research – Social Ecological Intervention to Promote Active Commuting to Work
- Prevention of Chronic Low Back Pain in Female Nurses
- Weight Reduction and Long-distance Truck and Bus Drivers
- Physical Activity and Reducing of Headaches
- Developing physical activity counselling
- VESOTE Effective Life-style Counselling for Social and Health Care
- Safety of Physical Activity
- Predictors of Lower Extremity Injuries in Team Sports PROFITS
- Risk Factors of Injuries and Injury Prevention in Youth Football
- Floorball Injuries – Epidemiology and Prevention
- Neuromuscular Exercise and Counseling Prevent Low Back Pain
- Effects of Exercise on Physical Functioning, Bone Strength and Fall Risk among Older Women
- Vitamin D and Exercise in Fall Prevention
- Effect of Vibration Training on Physical Functioning and Risk of Falling in Older People
- Fall-induced Injuries Among Older Adults in Finland
- LiVE: Sports and Exercise Safety Program in Finland
- KaatumisSeula: Implementation of Evidence-Based Fall Prevention for Communities
- Recent Presentations in Conferences
- WHO Europe HEPA Collaboration
Health 2000 and Health 2011: Physical activity, fitness and health
Population's physical activity, fitness and health, UKK follow-up study as part of the Health 2000 survey. The Health 2011 project conducted by the National Institute for Health and Welfare was a national follow-up and cross-sectional study based on the Health 2000 survey carried out ten years ago.
The national Health 2000 survey, conducted under the supervision of the National Public Health Institute (now known as the National Institute for Health and Welfare), focused on the country's over 30-year-olds with a sample of approx. 8,000 persons. Invitations to take part in the UKK Institute's follow-up study were sent to those who did not have severe mobility limitations according to the Health 2000 medical examinations. The study measured the health-related fitness of the population in 15 participating municipalities using diverse field tests. The study made it possible to conduct a follow-up study of the population's health-related fitness and thus investigate the cause and effect relationships.
The main aim was to create preliminary health-based recommendations for the UKK health-related fitness tests regarding sufficient fitness levels in terms of health and functional ability. In addition, the aim was to investigate, in accordance with the model on physical activity, fitness and health (Bouchard and Shephard 1994), how the quantity and quality of the population's physical activity and exercise is linked to health-related fitness and the musculoskeletal system's performance and symptoms.
The original data was collected in 2000 and 2001. Invitations to the study were sent to approx. 1,100 people who took part in the Health 2000 survey and who met the selection criteria. 660 of them took part in the study. Health-related fitness was measured using a diverse, standardised field test battery. Physical activity was investigated through a questionnaire. Some of the healthy voluntary 30 to 65-year-old women (100) and men (100) from Tampere, Nokia and Valkeakoski took part in a walking test on a treadmill to measure their VO2 max.
The health-related fitness test results collected through the study can be used together with previous population study results to prepare reference values for different tests and to develop recommendations regarding sufficient fitness levels in terms of health and functional ability.
Tommi Vasankari, Director
Jaana Suni, Research and Development Manager
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