Physical activity enhances health and prolongs life. In Act4Life we develop, carry out and publish research elucidating the mechanisms behind the health-enhancing effects of physical activity. We also investigate how to best implement physical activity in daily life.

People exercising

The vision of Act4Life is to prevent inactivity-related diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The mission of Act4Life is based on biomedical and interdisciplinary research to develop valid and robust strategies promoting health-enhancing physical activity in everyday life.

We value high academic standards, innovation, diversity and a working environment that combines an ambitious and a social atmosphere.
























Pregnant woman runningThe project is a collaboration between researchers and practitioners at the University of Copenhagen, Nordsjælland's Hospital in Hillerød, and the Technical University of Denmark. The first aim of FitMum is in pregnant women to design and investigate the effects of two different physical activity programs that are based on structured exercise and behavioral counseling, respectively, and supported by health technology. 

Active Commuting To Improve health and Wellbeing in Everyday life (ACTIWE)

This research project combines biomedical, ethnological, and technological approaches to evaluate health effects of physical activity in transport and leisure time domains of everyday life in order to develop sustainable physical activity regimens. The study design of ACTIWE has been published in Contemporary Clinical Trials.

Governing Obesity

Two peole on bikes

Foto: Frederik Gram

The project is one of 18 research initiatives within the University of Copenhagen Excellence Programme for Interdisciplinary Research. The overall aim of Governing Obesity is to provide novel means for governing obesity and its consequences via effective interventions at the societal and individual level, from an early stage towards the morbidly obese individuals, while avoiding unintended and negative effects. The research performance ‘Lev livet med stil – et mellemværende’ was developed in collaboration between Videnskabsteatret and researchers from Governing Obesity.

The study of women before and after the menopausal transition

This study is part of the Copenhagen Women Study and evaluates the potential of physical activity to counteract health-related risk factors as well as psychological and sociological stress factors associated with the menopausal phase. A major finding of the study is that a 3-month intervention of high-intensity aerobic training reduces risk factors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease to a similar extent in late pre- and early postmenopausal women.

Project FINE

Man runningThe project is an interdisciplinary collaboration aiming to identify factors that determine an individual's innate insulin sensitivity and to investigate the effects of physical exercise on insulin sensitivity, energy balance and other metabolic health parameters. A finding of the study is that a moderate dose of vigorous endurance training (~30 min/day) induces a larger than expected weight loss, which seems to be due to an increase in everyday physical activity. Also, only minor additional metabolic health benefits are seen after 12 weeks of high (~60 min/day) as opposed to moderate (~30 min/day) dose, vigorous endurance training.

Training per se

This study investigates the effects of physical training per se, weight loss per se, and physical training with a concomitant exercise-induced weight loss on various metabolic health parameters in overweight men. A finding of the study is that endurance training per se increases metabolic health in young, moderately overweight men. Additionally, fitness and fatness were not returned to pre-intervention levels one year after the exercise-induced weight-loss intervention.










Group leader

Group Leader
Bente Stallknecht
Prorector, Professor

Phone +45 3532 7540

Group members

Name Title Phone E-mail
Anne Dsane Jessen PhD Student   E-mail
Caroline Borup Roland Postdoc +4535331173 E-mail
Martin Bæk Blond Guest Researcher   E-mail