Korpelainen Raija

Physical activity and health across the lifespan


Research unit: Center for Life Course Health Research


Group leader

Professor Raija Korpelainen, PhD


What do we do

The research group is multidisciplinary gathering together several research disciplines (sports sciences, public health, health sciences, pedagogics, psychology, medical technology, information studies and cultural anthropology) and actors of various fields. The group is focusing on research concerning the association between physical activity, inactivity, health and wellbeing among different age groups. The aim is also to study and develop new methods for activating people at community level by using modern wellbeing technology. New knowledge can be utilized in education, research and decision making. The research team was the first to show that regular exercise prevents hip fractures.


Our team

Post doc researchers

  • Korpelainen Juha, PhD, docent, University Hospital of Oulu
  • Vanhala Marja, PhD, Oulu Deaconess Institute, Department of Sports and Exercise Medicine
  • Kangas Katja, PhD, Natural Resources Institute, Finland

PhD students

  • Alatalo Riitta
  • Farrahi Vahid
  • Immonen Milla
  • Kaikkonen Kaisu
  • Karppanen Anna-Kaisa
  • Kärmeniemi Mikko
  • Leinonen Anna-Maiju
  • Luoto Tim
  • Länsitie Miia
  • Modarres-Sadeghi Mahsa
  • Niemelä Maisa
  • Nurkkala Marjukka
  • Puhakka Soile
  • Pyky Riitta
  • Seppänen Marjo
  • Tjurin Petra
  • Tornberg Jaakko

Other staff

  • Korpelainen Pekka
  • Nylander Tiina
  • Oravakangas Rami
  • Pitkänen Sari


Where are we headed

The main goals of our research are

  • To reveal the life course determinants and trajectories of physically active and sedentary lifestyle, and healthy and unhealthy eating habits
  • To reveal the association between built and natural environmental features and physical activity and how changes in these during lifecourse are related to each other
  • To evaluate the effects of physical activity and sedentary behavior on health and wellbeing
  • To develop new methods for activating people using multidisciplinary approach


Our main collaborators

Timo Jämsä, Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology (MIPT)
Tarja Outinen and Aulikki Herneoja, Oulu School of Architecture
Finnish Centres of Excellence in Sports Medicine (Jyväskylä, Kuopio, Tampere, Helsinki, Turku, Oulu)
University of Jyväskylä
Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
Luleå Tekniska Universitetet

How to find us


Last updated: 9.7.2019