Societal and economic impacts of physical activity and sedentary behavior (SEPAS)

SEPAS

The SEPAS project examines the costs of physical inactivity to society, using accurate individual-level data for the first time in Finland. The project combines the population-based Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 data and data collected from the registers on direct and indirect costs related to the use of health care services and absence from work.

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Project information

Project duration

-

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Other Finnish

Funding amount

360 000 EUR

Project coordinator

Oulu Deaconess Institute Foundation sr./Department of Sports and Exercise Medicine

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Project leader

  • Professor
    Raija Korpelainen
  • Marko Korhonen

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Project description

Physical inactivity is a major public health and economic burden for the society. The costs due to physical inactivity have been estimated to be billions, but the direct and indirect real costs have not been previously assessed in Finland.

This multidisciplinary study utilizing both expertise in economics and physical activity epidemiology uniquely combines the population-based Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 data and individual data collected from the registers on direct and indirect costs. The Northern Finland Birth Cohort data includes accelerometry measured physical activity and sedentary behavior data collected at one time point, as well as physical activity questionnaire data collected in several different years. The birth cohort data also provides extensive and long-term background information on northern Finnish citizens related to, for example, socio-economic status, health behavior, and genetics. The information collected from the Finnish population registers includes information related to e.g. the costs associated with the utilization of health care services and absence from work.

Work packages:

  • WP1: Project management and communication
  • WP2: Identification and evaluation of existing knowledge
  • WP3: Data collection and fusion
  • WP4: Economic analysis – Estimated costs of healthcare expenditure and indirect costs related to physical activity

Project results

The study provides evidence-based information for decision makers and promotion of physical activity and health at population level. The Scientific articles published in the project: