Significant funding for physical activity research in the Fibrobesity programme

The Ministry of Education and Culture has awarded three-year funding for ODL Department of Sports and Exercise Medicine in close cooperation with the University of Oulu. The title of the funded study is Longitudinal associations between objectively measured and perceived Residential Environmental features, individual Physical Activity behavior patterns and health - population-based Northern Finland Birth Cohort studies 1966 and 1986 (REPACT) and the total amount of funding awarded is approximately EUR 400 000.

The REPACT project aims to investigate the relationship between perceived and objectively measured diversity in the residential environment and its impact on physical activity, sedentary behavior, cardiovascular health, and mental health throughout a person's life. The study will utilize data from the Northern Finland Birth Cohorts 1966 and 1986, incorporating information from questionnaires, clinical and genomic data, self-reported and accelerometer-measured physical activity, and data on the natural and built residential environment. The project aims to support evidence-based decision-making, city planning, and interventions to promote physical activity and contribute to sustainable outcomes. The funding received will build upon previous research, including the RECIPE project, and enhance the continuity of the study.

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