Healthy Kids of Seinäjoki Conference

March 12-15, 2018

Innovative Conference Programme

Healthy Kids of Seinäjoki Conference

March 12-15, 2018

Inspiring Speakers

Healthy Kids of Seinäjoki Conference

March 12-15, 2018

Site Visits

Healthy Kids of Seinäjoki Conference

March 12-15, 2018

Networking

Healthy Kids of Seinäjoki Conference

March 12-15, 2018

Healthy Kids of Seinäjoki

Seinäjoki is the City of Overcoming Obesity Programme. In 2013 the City of Seinäjoki set the target to reduce obesity and overweight among children and young people. The goal was to promote healthy changes in the lifestyle of children and families with lifestyle guidance, nutrition and physical exercise. The good achievements brought international recognition to the City of Seinäjoki. The Programme demonstrates that prevention is possible and cost-effective. The results prove that a single municipality can set targets for wellbeing and fulfill them doing consistent work to promote wellbeing and health of the population.

Health in All Policies, Multiprofessional Cooperation and Health Promotion Innovations are the core themes of the Conference. Especially the model of multidimensional cooperation in curbing childhood obesity has attracted international attention. Topics of the Parallel Sessions are Health and Wellbeing Management, City Development, Empowering Citizens, Education, Food Safety and Nutritional Quality Innovations, Physical Activity, and Business and Industry Collaboration. City of Seinäjoki wants to be an international development platform and a hub for new innovations and global solutions on holistic health and wellbeing of the citizens. In this development work multidimensional networking and cooperation in a local, regional, national and international level is valuable.

You are kindly welcome to learn more and meet other professionals, researchers, educators, entrepreneurs and decision makers. You can also see the results of the Overcoming Obesity Programme during the site visits.

Welcome to Seinäjoki!

I have the great honour to welcome you all to the City of Seinäjoki. Seinäjoki is one of the fastest growing cities in Finland. Our population is now 63,000, but every year we get 600-800 new members on our team. At the same time, the number of employees is growing as well. Our population is also very young, the youngest among Finland’s major cities.

Seinäjoki is the food capital of Finland/Scandinavia. In the field of food, we have strong farmers, enterprises like Atria and Valio, and R&D&I collaboration with universities and private actors. Exports of food and know-how are in full swing. Private investments in factories and business are also at a good level.

When you look around the city centre of Seinäjoki, you will notice at least two points. First, our city centre is under construction, which means that the whole centre will be rebuilt very quickly. Second, you can see the Aalto Centre, the administrative and cultural centre of Seinäjoki, planned by world-famous architect Alvar Aalto. Inside that centre there are the church of Lakeuden Risti, the city hall, a library, a theatre, etc. I hope you have time to visit there.

Healthy Kids of Seinäjoki, a children’s preventative health programme, has so far been a real success story. But we are not resting on our laurels. As Finland’s head coach Curt Lindström said after the 1995 Ice Hockey World Championships gold medal: ’Let’s keep making things better’!

Jorma Rasinmäki

Jorma Rasinmäki

Mayor

In 2013 the City of Seinäjoki set the target to reduce obesity and overweight among children and young people. The goal is to promote healthy changes in lifestyle of children and families with lifestyle guidance, nutrition and exercising. The good achievements brought international recognition to the City of Seinäjoki. The Programme demonstrates that prevention is possible and cost-effective. The results prove that a single municipality can set targets for well-being and fulfill them doing consistent work to promote well-being and health of the population.

Welcome to attend the first international conference Healthy Kids of Seinäjoki 2018 in next March 12 -15. Healthy Kids of Seinäjoki is a recurring international arena for dialogue on challenges on health and welfare promotion and obesity prevention for professionals, municipalicies, authority, companies, students and to everybody, who is interested in health promotion work. We offer innovative seminars, study visits, networking, inspiring discussions and company meetings.

Welcome to experience the City of Overcoming Obesity Programme!

Ulla Frantti-Malinen

Coordinator of Health and Welfare Promotion

Register yourself to the conference and book your hotel room.

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