Raija Korpelainen

raija_korpelainenRaija Korpelainen is Professor of Health Exercise in the Center for Life Course Health Research, University of Oulu, Finland and the Department of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Oulu Deaconess Institute, Finland. She holds a MSc degree in Sports Medicine from Eastern University of Finland and a PhD degree in Health Exercise from University of Oulu.

She has long experience on population based epidemiological research and high quality randomized controlled trials. She has also been leading several projects developing new evidence-based service concepts for health promotion. She can be contacted at: raija.korpelainen@odl.fi



Abstract: Combining traditional health promotion, modern technology and measurement of physical activity to promote health among young men

Young men are often at the risk of marginalization, inactivity and unhealthy lifestyle. Traditional health promotion and expert-based counselling have shown low effectiveness. New methods for activation of young people are needed. Thus, multidisciplinary MOPO project was set up to combine traditional health promotion, modern technology and measurement of physical activity. The aim of the study is to provide knowledge on the physical activity, relationship towards physical activity, information behavior, fitness, health, nutrition and life habits of young men. A novel digital, gamified coaching service with tailored contents for promoting physical and social activity, health and wellbeing in young men was developed in the project. The information obtained in the study can be used to promote the wellness of young adults in education, study and decision-making of the professionals of social and health services.

Altogether 5864 conscription-aged men (five call-up age cohort) were invited to a study. About 1700 of them were invited to a pilot interventions and to the activation intervention (randomized controlled trial).  Information on physical performance, health and wellbeing, lifestyle, information behavior and the use of media and technology were collected at the annual call ups for military service during the years 2009-2013 with questionnaires, measurements and interviews. In 2010-2013 the contents of the service network were developed together with city of Oulu and conscription-aged men. The service combined with different activity monitors was tested during a 3 months pilot intervention in 2011 and 2012. The final service was developed based on the experiences of the pilot study. The research group and the companies finalized the service together with the young men. The population based 6 months randomized controlled intervention was conducted between the autumn 2013 and spring 2014.

The consortium partners: Oulu Deaconess Institute Department of Sports and Exercise Medicine, University of Oulu, City of Oulu, Virpiniemi Sports Institute, Finnish Defence Forces and wellness technology companies from Northern Finland.

The study has been funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Centre for Military Medicine, European Union Social Fund, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, and Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District.

MOPO study 2009-2018 www.tuunaamopo.fi


Abstract: GASEL – Tailored Services for Elderly – Gamified remote service concept for promoting health of older people

Aging of the population poses huge challenges to the society and social and health care providers. In order to support independent living of the elderly, it is essential to develop services that maintain and improve physical and social activity, health and wellbeing.

GASEL project aims to produce new knowledge for developing services to support older people’s actions to health and wellness promotion. The project provides information on requirements of such services and applications that are tailored for individual user needs, utilizing international and multidisciplinary cooperation network built in the project. In addition, knowledge on socially activating and participating and motivating service concept to support wellbeing was produced. A large population based survey among old people living in Oulu was conducted, and a wide set of testing of different national and international applications and solutions was performed with old end users. The results of the project show that the contents of an activating service should be individually tailored taking into account the person’s baseline nutrition, physical activity, sleep, cognition and social interactions.

The project is mainly funded by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. The project partners are University of Oulu, Oulu Deaconess Institute, City of Oulu, Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District, BelleGames Oy, BonWell Intelligence Oy, HappyWise Oy, IsComOy, Mawell Oy, ja Caritas foundation. International partners include Sendai-Finland Wellbeing Center (Japan), Tohoku University (Japan), Kyoto University, Kyoto (Japan), Estonian HealthTech, Luleå Luleå University of Technology (Sweden) ja The Department of Health, Social Social Services and Public Safety (Northern Ireland).