The North Karelia Project in Finland: A societal shift favouring healthy lifestyles

A portrait of the North Karelia Project, the basis for community programs in chronic disease prevention.

The winning aspects of the North Karelia approach

  • Adopting a long-term vision.
  • Maintaining close ties with the political bodies and decision makers concerned.
  • Making the theoretical bases of the intervention explicit.
  • Influencing individual and environmental factors.
  • Using the media and a variety of channels for disseminating information.
  • Involving champions and influential community members in the project.
  • Developing collaborative cross-sector ways of changing environments.
  • Mobilizing structures and networks existing in the community.

The principle to be retained

Relying on detailed knowledge of the background and conducting the intervention in collaboration with all involved stakeholders.

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2291-2096

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