Why the Finns Are Probably Sportier Than You
In Finland, 90 percent of adults take part in sports or exercise at least twice a week. The Nordic nation far outpaces the U.S. in adult sports participation. So how do they do it? Read (or listen) to the full story here: http://n.pr/1giVjht
- •There's a national plan in Finland to get people to sit less.It reminds them, in fact, that, "Under the Constitution ... physical activity is a basic cultural right."
- •It’s estimated there are close to 30,000 sports facilities in Finland.That’s more per capita than in any other country in the world.
- •Municipalities spend about $700 million a year subsidizing sports facilities and clubs.A portion of lottery funds also goes toward funding sports facilities and research.
- •Half of women, and a third of men, say they bike to workAbout a fifth of the country belongs to sports clubs or federations.
- •Each year, Finnish employers spend an average of about 200 euros per employee for physical activity, or about $220.The money goes to anything from gym vouchers to providing workout facilities and saunas. Even factories offer such services.
- •Health experts say it's understood in Finland and other Nordic countries that healthy employees do better work.According to a calculator devised by the World Health Organization, the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs & Health estimates that people who bike and walk save the health care system as much as 5 billion euros, or about $5.5 billion, each year.