The physical inactivity of Finns is costing the society billions of euros every year. The costs are enormous and fall on young people. The General Assembly of the Finnish Student Sports Federation (OLL) calls for concrete action to increase physical activity!
According to a study coordinated by the UKK Institute, the societal costs of physical inactivity total between 3.2 and 7.5 billion euros. The costs of physical inactivity will increase even further because of the ageing of the population and the increased prevalence rate of diseases. At the same time, the costs of health care are on the rise and the dependency ratio weakens. It is no wonder that young people feel anxious about the future, as the harsh statistics for students’ mental health tell us.
“The OLL General Assembly calls for solutions to the problem of physical inactivity! We must make an effort to increase physical activity before it’s too late,” says Joonas Suikula, President of the Finnish Student Sports Federation (OLL) for 2019.
As part of the solution for physical inactivity, the OLL General Assembly proposes allocating adequate resources to the Students on the Move programme for higher education institutions. The physical activity of students should be secured already in the earlier stages of education with methods that have been proven to be effective, with the focus on students’ well-being and future work ability.
“The expansion of the Schools on the Move programme to higher education institutions should be smooth and natural. The higher education students of the future are already accustomed to active learning. Physical activity will continue to be an essential part of studying ability also in the future,” says Antti Pentikäinen, the newly elected OLL President for 2020.
Study by the UKK Institute: Costs of physical inactivity are increasing – the societal costs of physical inactivity and poor physical fitness. http://julkaisut.valtioneuvosto.fi/handle/10024/160724