- Arkiliikunnan olosuhteet
- Toimintakykyä työelämään
- Tapahtumat ja kampanjat
- Viestintä ja materiaalit
Finland has developed national programs for every phase of life-course to promote health and physical activity. Fit for Life Program (Kunnossa kaiken ikää -ohjelma in Finnish) is a national initiative funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture and Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. The program is also supported by the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Ministry of the Environment and National Board of Forestry (Metsähallitus). Foundation for Promotion of Physical Activity and Public Health LIKES sr. has successfully coordinated the program since 1995.
Fit for Life Program aims to increase wellbeing and enhance the physical activity levels of working-aged people. Program’s goal is to activate and help sedentary adults to start physically active way of life, reduce sedentary lifestyle and increase physically active commuting (walking and cycling). 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.
Today more than 4 000 local projects have been implemented around the country with help of program’s funding. The goal of the local projects is to lower the threshold to become physically active by offering them opportunities for guided group exercise, starter courses in different events, fitness testing, individual fitness guidance, etc.
Physical activity counselling is a form of health promotion that focuses on individuals. It is especially intended for people who do not get enough physical activity for their health and wellbeing. Physical activity counselling aims to motivate customers to exercise in their preferred ways, promoting their own health and well-being.
Fit for Life Program is cooperating with the UKK Institute to launch and develop physical activity counselling as part of the physical activity service chain, commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
Fit for Life Program is responsible for: determining the quality of physical activity counselling; providing financial support for counselling projects; coordinating training courses in physical activity service chains and physical activity counselling; promoting ways of bringing up the topic of physical activity; and collecting various models and disseminating these for use by different parties. The work is carried out in cooperation with a broad network of experts.
Fit for Life Program is supporting establishment of HEPA services for work communities. Program promotes employees’ ability to work and wellbeing at work through actions enhancing physically active and healthy lifestyle. In cooperation with employees, management and personnel administration, occupational health care, trade unions and other operators, program emphasizes HEPA on well-being programs particularly for sedentary employees in work communities. Via networking, counselling and funding for HEPA actions program is trying to find out ways to activate employees to physically active lifestyle, to reduce sedentary time at workplaces, to promote physically active commuting, and to develop PA service chains at occupational health care. Program is also producing free of charge HEPA materials for work communities.
Fit for Life Program supports development of policy and practice that promote activity-friendly environments. Community designs that prioritize recreation space and facilitate walking and biking can increase everyday opportunities to be active. Fit for Life Program provides public sector, municipalities and workplaces with information, funding and networking that allow them to promote active environments.
Fit for Life Program is also a coordinator of a cross-sectoral active environment working group that has participants from different ministries, governmental authorities and advocates (since 2000). Working group has a common goal on making our environments activity-friendly through wide-ranging expertise, cross-sectoral collaboration and effective communication.
Fit for Life Program has also carried out many well-known national campaigns targeting behavioral change, motivation and cultural susceptibility; examples include the Adventures of Joe Finn campaign, Stair Days campaign and the Journey towards Fitness. These campaigns have been an efficient way to inspire citizens and different communities to pay attention to their daily physical activity and dietary choices.
Worth mentioning are the materials that Fit for Life Program has produced to health enhancing physical activity (HEPA) professionals and to sedentary target groups. Examples of the free of charge materials include; physical activity and sedentary time tracking cards, physical activity guide books for different target groups and healthy living guide books etc. The program produces also reports and guide books of best practices of the HEPA projects.
Program Director, docent Jyrki Komulainen PhD
email jyrki.komulainen (at) likes.fi
phone +358 500 542 193
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