About the Authors

Riitta Luoto, Minna Aittasalo, Päivi Kolu, Jani Raitanen, Katriina Ojala, Kirsi Mansikkamäki, Tommi Vasankari, Tanja Komulainen
UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research, Tampere, Finland

Riitta Luoto, Tommi Vasankari
National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland

Tarja I. Kinnunen, Jani Raitanen, Satu Lamberg
School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland

Sirkku Tulokas
Tampere University Central Hospital, Tampere, Finland

Corresponding Author

riitta.luoto@uta.fi

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: RL TIK MA KO. Performed the experiments: KM KO TV. Analyzed the data: JR RL PK TK. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: TV JR PK. Wrote the paper: RL PK TIK MA TV ST. ICMJE criteria for authorship: RL TIK MA KO PK JR SL TV KM TK ST. Results and conclusions: RL TIK MA KO PK JR SL TV KM TK ST. Enrolled patients: TIK MA RL. First draft: PK RL. Planning the counseling and preparing related material, training the nurses for counseling: TIK MA. Design of the thematic meetings on physical activity and material: MA. Group exercise design: KO.