Lifecourse determinants of physical activity, sedentary behavior and wellbeing with special emphasis on built and natural environmental factors

The main purpose of this project is to identify the features of the built and natural environment associated with PA and SB and evaluate how changes in the built environment are associated with changes in PA and explore the lifelong determinants and trajectories of PA and SB in respect to residential environment. Linking whole life span data with the spatial determinants describing community and small area wellbeing from Geographical Information System (GIS) and objectively measured physical activity is unique.

The more specific aims are:

  • to analyze and model the determinants and lifelong trajectories (from prenatal period to the age of 31 and 46) of physical activity and sedentary behavior with age-specific approach,
  • to explore determinants and lifelong trajectories of PA and SB in respect to residential environment, sociodemographic factors, socioeconomic status, health behavior, physical health, mental health, personality features and temperament, daily functioning, and work related factor, and
  • to examine the associations between changes in residential environment (migration), changes in physical activity and sedentary behavior and changes in health and well-being, and produce knowledge to help planning of urban and rural residential areas where the need for people to be physically active as a routine part of their daily life is a priority.

Last updated: 25.2.2020