- 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
Effect of physical activity on menopausal symptoms
Menopause, lifestyle and physical activity (MELLI)
Aim of the MELLI project was to examine menopausal symptoms, quality of life and lifestyle changes. Specific aims were to determine prevalence of menopausal symptoms and their impact on quality of life and functioning, menopausal women's motivation towards positive health behaviour and ways of managing these risks and menopausal symptoms through exercise.
MELLI project included several parts, a randomized trial and cohort studies by using Health 2000 -data base. A randomized clinical trial for symptomatic menopausal women with no current use of HT aimed to decrease vasomotor and other symptoms, increase quality of life and ability to work.
Pilot study to test feasibility of the e-health methodology was conducted in spring 2008. Automated SMS reminders and software application were designed in order to monitor symptoms and physical activity.
Eligible women were recruited through announcements in local newspapers. Women with menopausal symptoms based on three week symptom diary were randomly picked among the eligible symptomatic women. The women were randomized in a placebo and exercise group.
All women reported symptoms twice a day by mobile phone questionnaire using 3G network in data transmission. The women in intervention group reported daily exercise and they also used heart rate monitoring belt around their chest each time they exercised. The six-month intervention included unsupervised aerobic training for 50 minutes four times per week.
Primary outcome was hot flushes as measured with Women’s Health Questionnaire, WHQ. Secondary outcomes were health-related quality of life (QoL, SF-36 scale), daily reported hot flushes on phone-based diary, cardiorespiratory fitness and body composition.
Mansikkamäki K. Physical training and quality of life among women during menopause. Tampere: Tampere University Press, 2016. Acta Universitatis Tamperensis 2180. Academic dissertation.
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