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BACKGROUND The association of physical activity and the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), hypertension and diabetes has previously been studied mostly in separate follow-up studies. The present analysis focuses on the association between physical activity and these three metabolic diseases in a representative adult cohort. METHODS The effect of the(More)
The agreement between self-reported diseases in a questionnaire survey and data from medical records was assessed in a representative sample of Finnish men and women (n = 596) aged 45-73 years. The accumulated medical record information was abstracted from the records in the health centers and the central hospital in the study region. The agreement between(More)
In 2001, a collaborative Physical Activity Prescription Programme (PAPP) was started in Finland to increase physical activity (PA) counselling among physicians, especially in primary care. This article describes the initiation, implementation and evaluation of PAPP. Five actions were implemented to reach the programme goal: (i) developing a counselling(More)
Physical activity appears to improve health-related quality of life by enhancing psychological well being and by improving physical functioning, particularly in persons compromised by poor health. Health enhancing physical activity (HEPA) can in addition to, and instead of, structured and planned exercise and sports comprise other forms of physical(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the test-retest and inter-rater reliability of nine selected tests for the following basic motor skills: balance, orientation, sense of rhythm, kinaesthetic precision and flexibility. Twenty-five healthy, non-sporting volunteers (14 men, 11 women, aged 36-72 years) were tested in three sessions at one-week intervals(More)
BACKGROUND Low levels of physical activity (PA) and poor fitness tend to predict a decline in mobility. The current study investigated whether PA modifies the predictive value of health-related fitness (HRF) tests on difficulty in walking 2 km (WD). METHODS PA was assessed by self-reported questionnaires in 1990 and 1996. Subjects age 55 to 69 years and(More)
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