Physical activity for a long and healthy life (FINE)

The aim of Project FINE was to identify factors that determine an individual's innate insulin sensitivity, and to investigate the effects of physical exercise on insulin sensitivity and energy balance as well as other metabolic parameters of health. 

The knowledge obtained through the project could in the long term become diagnostically and therapeutically important for prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related diseases and lead to the development of suitable pharmaceuticals.

Project FINE was an interdisciplinary collaboration between four faculties at the University of Copenhagen and two hospitals in the Capital Region of Denmark. The clinical part of the project ran from December 2009 to July 2011.

Perspectives for Project FINE

Overweight can lead to obesity, and obesity can lead to type 2 diabetes, which has many serious complications, including cardiovascular disease. This downward spiral can and must be stopped; thus, it is important to learn how effective physical exercise can be in reducing overweight, and what mechanisms are behind this. The knowledge gained can be communicated to the population, and this will hopefully help to stop the obesity epidemic and its associated complications. In the longer term, the research may reveal "targets" that can be used in the development of preventative medicines.






















































































Project FINE has received funding from a number of foundations and funding providers

Food Fitness & Pharma

Food Fitness Pharma is a whole new type of research initiative where scientists broadly across the whole University of Copenhagen join forces in novel, synergy-promoting constellations and interdisciplinary approaches.

Center for Healthy Aging

Center for Healthy Aging, CEHA, is a research center at University of Copenhagen that focuses on interdisciplinary aging research for the advance of better health and reduced frailty.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation

The objective of the Novo Nordisk Foundation is twofold. To provide a stable basis for the commercial and research activities conducted by the companies within the Novo Group and to support scientific and humanitarian purposes.


















September 2013 - Publication by Anne Sofie Gram et al.

The publication "Compliance with physical exercise – using a multidisciplinary approach within a dose-dependent exercise study of moderately overweight men" led to press coverage in 16 Danish and 206 international media.
Here is a selection of the press coverage:

Politiken l 6 September 2013
Bevæg dig en smule og lev længe l 18. september 2013
Let motion giver mere energi end hård træning

BT l 21. september
Let motion giver mere energi end hård træning

BT l 7. oktober 2013
Her er moderat motion bedre end hård motion

Firstpost l 19 September 2013
Just 30 minutes workout to stay healthy

Mail Online l 23 September 2013
Good news for couch potatoes: Exercising for half an hour helps you lose 25% MORE weight than going for a full hour

February 2013 - Article by Astrid Pernille Jespersen

On 15 February, published the article 'Teknologi kan få folk op af sofaen' with comments from Astrid Pernille Jespersen.

December 2012 - Publication by Michala Holm Reichkendler et al.

The publication "Only minor metabolic health benefits of high as opposed to moderate dose physical exercise in young, moderately overweight men" led to press coverage in the following media: l 21 December 2012
Så lidt motion gør dig sund

ScienceNordic l 21 December 2012
Couch potatoes don’t need to exercise like mad

Ekstrabladet l 19 December
Så lidt motion behøver du

August 2012 - Publication by Mads Rosenkilde et al.:

"30 minutes of daily exercise is enough" - During the last weeks, research results on physical activity obtained by PhD student Mads Rosenkilde from the Section of Systems Biology have received much attention in the press. In collaboration with Bente Stallknecht and a number of other researchers, Mads has found that 30 minutes of daily exercise leads to an equally effective weight loss as one hour of daily exercise. 

Here is a selection of the press coverage:

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences l 22 August 2012
30 minutters daglig motion er nok

TV2 Nyhederne at 19:00 l 22 August 2012
Motion i en halv time giver større vægttab end i en time

TV2 Nyhederne at 22:00 l 22 August 2012 
30 minutters motion er nok l 22 August 2012
Ny forskning: Mere motion giver mindre vægttab l 22 August 2012
Forskere: Mads Rosenkilde i Politiken

Jyllandsposten l 22 August 2012
En halv times motion kan være nok

Videnskab dk l 22 August 2012
30 minutters daglig motion er nok

The Daily Telegraph l 23 August 2012
30 minutes exercise 'better than an hour of training' for weight loss

Daily Mail l 22 August 2012
Forget that long workout chaps: Men who exercise for half an hour a day lose more weight than those who train for twice that time

Radio Interviews:

P4-radioavisen at 15:00
22 August 2012
Interview with Bente Stallknecht

P4 at 17:20
22 August 2012
Interview with Mads Rosenkilde

February 2011 - Radio interview with Pernille Auerbach and Julie Bønnelycke

Pernille Auerbach and Julie Bønnelycke were invited to participated in the radio show 'DR Sundhed' 19 February 2011 where they talked about 'Excess weight - Questions and answers'.

February 2011 - Article by Bente Stallknecht

Bente Stallknecht published the article 'Når overvægt fører til farlig fedme' in 'DR Sundhed'.

January 2011 - Article by Bente Stallknecht and Astrid Pernille Jespersen

Bente Stallknecht and Astrid Pernille Jespersen published the article 'Overvægtige mænd ligeglade med sundhedskampagner' in 'Politiken'.

October 2010 - Article by Julie Bønnelycke and Astrid Pernille Jespersen

Julie Bønnelycke and Astrid Pernille Jespersen have published the article 'Hvordan kommer sundhed ud af laboratorierne og ind i stuerne' (s. 4-7) in the magazine 'Humanist'.


















Project leader Bente Merete Stallknecht

Bente Merete Stallknecht
Prorector, Professor

Phone +45 3532 7540