- 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
- Motor Skill Test Battery for Adults
- Required motor abilities in commonly practised exercise modes
- Physical activity and motor abilities
- Health 2000 and Health 2011
- Exercise Loading and Bone Structure
- FeetEnergy — promoting physical activity among 8th graders
- Promoting safe participation in physical activity
- Prevention of knee and ankle injuries
- Floorball injuries — epidemiology and prevention
- 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 the elderly in Finland
- Neuromuscular Exercise and Counseling Prevent Low Back Pain
- Risk factors of injuries and injury prevention in youth football
- Promoting health-enhancing physical activity
- Counselling, lifestyle and physical activity in maternity care
- Physical activity counseling in maternity and child health care
- Promoting physical activity among women at risk for gestational diabetes
- Validity of a leisure time physical activity questionnaire
- Pregnant Women’s Work Ability, Sickness Absence and Return to Employment
- Effect of physical activity on menopausal symptoms
- Breast Cancer and Exercise
- Prevention of Chronic Lower Back Pain in Female Nurses
- Weight Reduction and Long-distance Truck and Bus Drivers
- Physical Activity and Reducing of Headaches
- Developing physical activity counselling
- WHO Europe HEPA Collaboration
- Safety 2016 World Conference
FeetEnergy — promoting physical activity among 8th graders
Aim of the FeetEnergy study is to reduce sedentary time and promote physical activity among 8th graders in Tampere.
The study started in 2010 and includes three parts:
- Internet survey
- methodological study
- randomized, controlled trial (RCT).
The methodological study consisted of two parts.
The first part conducted in the summer of 2011 examined the validity of new Hookie accelerometer in relation to the commonly used Actigraph accelerometer.
This part involved 20 participants aged 13–15 years, who completed ten 2-minute activities while wearing both accelerometers. Both monitors proved comparable in assessing adolescents’ accelerations in typical free-living activities and in classifying the activities by intensity levels. The manuscript concerning this study part is currently under submission process.
The second part was conducted in the fall of 2011 and involved approximately one hundred 8th graders from three different schools.
This part investigated the validity and repeatability of youth physical activity diary in relation to Hookie accelerometer and will be reported in spring 2013. The results of the methodological study will be utilized in the RCT.
The data collection with questionnaires, physical activity diaries and accelerometers (baseline, follow-up, final) will end in April 2013.
The majority of the findings will be reported in 2014.
FeetEnergy study is a part of a larger project, which examines the physical activity of children and adolescents in urban environment (Kids Out!). The collaborators of the project with the UKK Institute are Tampere University of Technology (The School of Architecture) and Helsinki University of Technology (Centre for Urban and Regional Studies).
The Kids Out! -project is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture as part of a research program on the health and welfare of children and young people (SKIDI-KIDS).
Minna Aittasalo, Researcher
For publications (international and Finnish) of this research see the Finnish description.
To find the list of publications (Julkaisuja), scroll the page down.