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Active L iving in Turku


Detailed description of the Good Practice

One of the strengths in Turku is promoting physical activity. The sedentary people in all age groups is the target for the Sports and Recreation department of the city. Easy-to-reach services, communication and counselling is provided in cross sectoral network and in collaboration with the sport’s associations.

The roots of this development lie in MOTION 2000-project (1994-2000). The project was co-ordinated by Sports office, but employees in the Health Care, Social Welfare, Education and Youth affairs networked with each other and also with other partners. Operation was realised with environmental and service strategies that enabled action, communication and marketing strategies that in turn supported that action and physical activity advise strategy that disposed people to take action. The effect of the project was examined by Turku University. Of those who answered 42 % (n=342) felt the project had a big influence on how they could include physical activity in their own work. City of Turku has also regularly followed up the physical activity of the residents. The results show that the amount of the physically active people has increased from 1997 to 2003 with almost 5 percentage points.

Turku co-ordinates the Active Living network, which is a part of the Healthy Cities collaboration. The basic idea for the Active Living cities coming together – all advanced in promoting physical activity in their own countries – is that they want to exchange experiences in the European level and learn from each other. The main target the cities have agreed to work on is the sustained physical activity among inhabitants of the city.

More Details of the Good Practice

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Contact details

Heini Parkkunen
Coordinator of Healthy City Turku

Vanha Suurtori 7
FI-20500 Turku
mob. +358 50 559 0249

Data sources and references


Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association
WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Cities and Urban Health in the Baltic Region