Active Life Lab

Data-based Wellbeing Services

Active Life Lab is Xamk’s wellbeing research unit. We develop new approaches to address wellbeing challenges together with our partners. Through effective wellbeing services, our aim is to promote the health of societies as a whole – including individuals, communities, and nature.

Wellbeing research to reshape the world

We research and develop data-based, effective wellbeing services for preventive and solution-oriented health promotion.

Through our work, we aim to facilitate sustainable growth and create new business and work opportunities across South Savo, Finland and internationally.

Our multidisciplinary team at Active Life Lab conducts high-quality research and takes findings into practice. As a part of South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, we have an active role in capacity building of our local community, with the focus in wellbeing research, development and innovation processes.

Sustainable growth of SMEs is our special focus. Together with our partners we create solutions to data economy, the green transition and sustainable wellbeing.

Become our partner and jump to the forefront of wellbeing service development!

We have successfully applied and received project funding over the years for a variety of wellbeing research, development and innovation projects. Our aim is to produce research-based, innovative solutions for health promotion, and to enhance the effectiveness of wellbeing services.

With our strong expertise in research and development, we help wellbeing businesses to turn ideas into reality.

Do you have a development idea regarding wellbeing research or service development? Are you interested in using the Hyviö app for evaluating the effectiveness of your services? Would you like to hear more about our smart gym and wellbeing research facilities? Contact us to say hello and hear more about our partnership program.

Together with our partners, we are always one step ahead of the wellbeing world.

Research Groups at Active Life Lab

Sustainable solutions for Social & Health Care Services

Our focus is on addressing the challenges in social and healthcare. We are committed to finding innovative solutions to complex issues in the field.  Areas of interest for us include the organization of health and social care, practices that promote health and well-being, and the advancement of assessment and fairness. We strive to understand both the structural and practical challenges of systems and to offer sustainable solutions for improvement.

Personalized Wellbeing Interventions

Our goal is to develop more effective and accessible health promotion methods for people of different age groups and life stages, utilizing wearable technology and advanced data analytics. We place special emphasis on the potential of personalized healthcare, where behavior changes can be tailored to individual needs based on data and the surrounding environment. 

Nature-based Health Services

Our team explores innovative health solutions by integrating nature into healthcare systems. We focus on planetary health aiming to enhance wellbeing through nature-based interventions. Our research supports sustainable effective practices that align human health with the natural environment and increases nature connectiveness.

Planetary Health & Brain Maapallo, jota kohden ojentuu käsiä. Käsissä paperilehtiö, vispilä, porkkanoita ja leipä.

Our team delves into the intricate connections between natural environments, healthy lifestyles, and human health. Through cutting-edge research, we explore how interventions such as real nature exposures, wooden interiors, VR nature experiences, and healthy lifestyles can positively impact overall psychophysiological well-being.

Co-Design of Effective Wellbeing Services & Testbed Activities in Ecosystems

Public and private health and wellbeing services shall not only be economically viable and sustainable, but also bring positive changes in the short and long term. Furthermore, modern wellbeing services have to tackle variable regional, national and international wellbeing challenges. The range of services shall consider all relevant stakeholders and the needs for prevention, prediction, personalization and participation.

Our team meets these requirements by investigating and developing data-driven, effective wellbeing services by implementing co-design, testbed and ecosystem activities. With this approach, we aim to enable more informed decision making and to create useful, user-centered, desirable and profitable solutions.

On-going projects at Active Life Lab

Our International Networks

Neljä ihmistä oleskelee keskenään, pääsosassa nainen joka kantaa tavaroita sylissään.

INGENIUM

INGENIUM

Xamk is part of the European University INGENIUM, which brings knowledge and expertise to the region through joint studies and degrees, research cooperation, information and experience sharing, student exchange, and staff mobility.

ECHAlliance

ECHAlliance

Active Life Lab is a member of the international ECHAlliance (European Connected Health Alliance), which is a European wellness industry network made up of more than 700 member organizations.

Kaksi ihmistä, joiden kasvoja ei näy, toinen pitelee proteesikättä.

Nordic Proof

Nordic Proof

Active Life Lab is part of the Nordic Proof network, which brings the entire Nordic health technological know-how, project cooperation and extensive utilization of business contacts within our reach.

Contact Information

Phone
+358406411504
Email
Arto.Pesola@xamk.fi
Department
Active Life Lab
Arto Pesola
Head of RDI Unit
+358406411504
Arto.Pesola@xamk.fi
Phone
+358505933253
Email
Marjo.Pulliainen@xamk.fi
Social media
Department
Active Life Lab
Marjo Pulliainen
Research Manager
+358505933253
Marjo.Pulliainen@xamk.fi
Social media
Phone
+358401916946
Email
Susanne.Kumpulainen@xamk.fi
Social media
Department
Active Life Lab
Susanne Kumpulainen
RDI Specialist
+358401916946
Susanne.Kumpulainen@xamk.fi
Social media
Phone
+358503440856
Email
Katja.Kiukas@xamk.fi
Social media
Department
Active Life Lab

I work at Active Life Lab as an RDI Specialist and a Project Manager of the Active Life HUB project. In my project team, we build a versatile wellbeing industry ecosystem in the South Savo region, and create new product and service concepts for permanent and seasonal residents and tourists in the region. We also boost sales and marketing activities and organize a wellbeing event.

As an RDI expert, my job  includes creation of international networks and strategic partnerships  for the research unit, productization and conceptualization of our service portfolio, especially the development of contract research services.

As a Team Leader, I am responsible for one of our research groups focusing in Co-Design of Effective Wellbeing Services and Testbed Activities in Ecosystems.

I also act as the RDI Communication Officer of our research unit, and participate in the coordination of the operations of the Kalevankangas Development Platform of the City of Mikkeli.

My educational background is versatile and multidisciplinary. It comprises of MSc. in Cell Biology, BBA in Risk and Environmental Management, and MBA in Development of Data-based Wellbeing Services. Furthermore, I am a trained Wellness Coach and Wellbeing Agent at Work.

In addition to my career in the wellbeing industry, I am an experienced professional in the field of defence and security technology, specialized in business, product and application management of CBRN solutions for military and civil defence. I have also nurtured my professional knowledge and skills in marketing and sales of life science research instrumentation and reagents for public and private laboratories and other related organizations.

Katja Kiukas
RDI Specialist
+358503440856
Katja.Kiukas@xamk.fi
Social media
Phone
+358504084864
Email
Kati.Kiiski@xamk.fi
Department
Active Life Lab
Kati Kiiski
Project Manager
+358504084864
Kati.Kiiski@xamk.fi
Phone
+358447028273
Email
Anja.Harkonen@xamk.fi
Department
Active Life Lab
Anja Härkönen
RDI Specialist
+358447028273
Anja.Harkonen@xamk.fi
Phone
+358405479413
Email
Mira.Hayrinen@xamk.fi
Department
Active Life Lab
Mira Häyrinen
Lecturer,Project Manager
+358405479413
Mira.Hayrinen@xamk.fi
Phone
+358406484301
Email
Suvi.Lamberg@xamk.fi
Department
Active Life Lab
Suvi Lamberg
Project Researcher
+358406484301
Suvi.Lamberg@xamk.fi
Phone
+358504283997
Email
Eevamari.Lahtinen@xamk.fi
Department
Active Life Lab
Eevamari Lahtinen
RDI Specialist
+358504283997
Eevamari.Lahtinen@xamk.fi
Phone
+358404860591
Email
Pirjo.Hakala@xamk.fi
Department
Active Life Lab
Pirjo Hakala
RDI Specialist
+358404860591
Pirjo.Hakala@xamk.fi
Phone
+358505916827
Email
Elina.Hasanen@xamk.fi
Department
Active Life Lab
Elina Hasanen
Project Researcher
+358505916827
Elina.Hasanen@xamk.fi

Our location

Active Life Lab is located at Saimaa Stadium, Raviradantie 22 B, 50100 Mikkeli.