Theory and action for health promotion illustrations from the North Karelia Project

Am J Public Health. 1982 Jan;72(1):43-50. doi: 10.2105/ajph.72.1.43.


The North Karelia Project in Finland illustrates the fundamental goals of health promotion. Specific activities of the project serve as examples of how concepts from the social and behavioral sciences can be applied to achieve estimated reductions in predicted risk of disease. The results in North Karelia are not conclusive, but they are encouraging, and the investigations conducted there is an essential reference for future research in health promotion and disease prevention.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Community Participation
  • Female
  • Finland
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Smoking
  • Time Factors