The UKK Institute is a centre for health promotion research focused on health-enhancing physical activity. It is located in the Kauppi sports park in Tampere, close to Lake Näsijärvi. The institute is owned and maintained by the Urho Kekkonen Fitness Institute Foundation. The institute was founded in 1980 as an 80th birthday present for the Finnish president Urho Kaleva Kekkonen.
The purpose of the UKK Institute is to promote public health by promoting a healthy lifestyle and, in particular, health-enhancing physical activity. Internationally known concepts such as the UKK Walk Tests and the Physical Activity Pie were born at Kauppi. The research activities provide versatile information for professionals in social and health care services, organisations and the general public.
The institute has approximately 50 employees.
All of the restaurant services at the institute are run by Tolppa Ravintolat Oy.