Familial aggregation of physical activity and sedentary behavior patterns

across the life course and across three generations

Physically inactive lifestyle is recognized as a risk for health and well-being. This study identifies the intergenerational associations of physical activity and sedentary behavior across three generations and evaluates how socioeconomic situation of the family modifies these associations. In addition, the changes during the life-course and secular trends in physical activity will be determined.

Study is part of the ongoing Cardiovascular Risk of Young Finns Study, a prospective longitudinal study of 38 years follow-up time, including participation of three generations in the latest follow-up. Results of this study will be used to promote physically active lifestyle in families.


  • Ministry of Education and Culture
  • Juho Vainio Foundation


  • University of Turku
  • University of Jyväskylä

More information

Yang Xiaolin

Senior researcher

Phone 040 030 7426

Tammelin Tuija

Research director

Phone 040 024 7998