North Karelia Project (NKP)

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  • Individual
  • Organization
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  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Community/ Neighbourhood
  • English
  • Integrate Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Personal health practices and coping skills
  • Physical environment

Overview

The North Karelia Project (NKP) aimed to reduce high cardiovascular disease rates in adults by reducing serum cholesterol levels and saturated fat intake, and increasing vegetable, dietary fibre and polyunsaturated fat intake.
The components of the intervention were general information to the public regarding the dietary recommendations, services organization, and environmental changes.
The intervention included passing legislation banning tobacco advertising, the introduction of low-fat dairy and vegetable oil products, changes in farmers’ payment schemes, and incentives for communities achieving the highest reduction in cholesterol levels. The cardiovascular disease related death rates among men have declined by 65%, and the life expectancy among men has increased by 7 years since the intervention began in the 1970s.

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