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:
  1. 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."
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Half of women, and a third of men, say they bike to work
    About a fifth of the country belongs to sports clubs or federations.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.