Cross sectoral HEPA promotion at the local level in Finland?
ISPAH ePoster Library. Onatsu T. Oct 15, 2018; 225161; 48
Tanja Onatsu
Tanja Onatsu
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Abstract In Finland, 34% of adults and 20% of older adults (65+ y) are meeting the physical activity (PA) levels recommended by WHO. The majority of adults (76%) spent most of their waking hours exhibiting sedentary behavior, such as sitting, standing still, or lying down. The effects of sedentary lifestyle is not without its problems. Several common illnesses are related to physical inactivity and obesity is also rapidly growing problem among Finns. The nature of PA has changed in recent years. People are more physically active during leisure time but less active at work and during commuting.The objectives for promoting PA are laid down in the Act on the Promotion of Sports and Physical Activity. Promotion of PA is one of the basic services provided by municipalities. Grounded by a cross sectoral cooperation municipalities can encourage physical activity through built environment in general as well as promote daily PA in several forms. Municipalities are responsible for the construction of sports facilities as well as provide recreational sports activities together with sport clubs. In addition, municipalities have started PA counseling in health care setting such providing support and guidance to inactive people. In Finland national PA promotion program, Fit for Life (FFL), supports municipalities in the above processes. The operational model of the FFL includes seminars, campaigns, materials, mentoring and funding for physical activity projects. Cross-sectoral cooperation is a crucial principle integrated into the program and it aims to strengthen cooperation and networking between organizations operating in health enhancing physical activity.
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