Prof., Chinese University of Hong Kong
Title: Indicators for health improvement of children and adolescents and their families in school and community setting: Putting practice into evidence for translation into policies
MBA, Service Innovation and Design Master
Title: Redesigning family and child-friendliness
Minna is a pioneer of service design and futures design in Finland. Futures design is a new participatory, human-centric domain, which includes business, design and foresight approaches all rooted in systems thinking. The work lead to EU-level trademark establishment called Futures Fit®. With this approach she helps organizations and people to learn about and co-design desired futures. Minna has highlighted the importance to use empathy and foresight in the development of a child-friendly society. Minna has also been a pioneer while establishing a company with a mission to make Finland more family friendly and with a vision to make family friendliness a Finnish export article.
In the event of the Healthy Kids of Seinäjoki conference Minna will talk about futures fit child and family well-being and how new ways of working together (private, public and people) can enable the future well-being.
Founder, Director of OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture, Professor of Contemporary Architecture
Title: The Vision and Toolbox for the Future Seinäjoki City Center provides a Framework for developing the City as a Socially Sustainable, active and green city with a human scale
Anssi Lassila (b. 1973 Soini, Finland) is the founder and director of OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture and Professor of Contemporary Architecture (POP) at the Oulu School of Architecture. His architecture combines a sculptural form with traditional materials and innovative techniques. Placing the human being at the center, his work is characterized by a strong interest in developing comprehensive sustainable solutions.
OOPEAA works on a wide range of projects from churches and public buildings to housing and urban visions. There is an active focus on research and development with emphasis on solutions that support social and ecological sustainability.
Professor of Promotion of Pediatric and Adolescent Health in Tampere University and Seinäjoki University Consortium
Title: Promotion of Pediatric Health by Primary Prevention of Autoimmune Diseases and Obesity-related Complications
Dr. Kalle Kurppa has recently started as Professor of Promotion of Pediatric and Adolescent Health in Tampere University and Seinäjoki University Consortium. After his basic training as a pediatrician, he has worked as a clinician, researcher and as a Professor of Pediatrics. Dr. Kurppa has over 100 peer-reviewed international publications in the fields of clinical and translational pediatrics, particularly celiac disease. His current and planned studies focus on scrutinizing the benefits and possible harms of early screening of autoimmune diseases and obesity-related complications in children. The main aim is to find and implement effective preventive interventions. These studies will be carried out together with a wide international network.
Jaakko Lehtolainen and Päivi Kandolin
Outreach Youth Worker, Bachelor of Social Work
Title: Outreach youth work – companionship build on trust
Jaakko Lehtolainen and Päivi Kandolin are Outreach youth workers in the City of Seinäjoki. Kandolin works also as a Coordinator of regional outreach youth work.
Outreach youth work assists young people under the age of 29 who are excluded from education and working life or who need support in accessing the services they need. Outreach youth work offers a young person early support if they choose to accept it.
Adjunct professor, PhD, Master in Nutrition, senior researcher at Folkhälsan Research Center in Helsinki
Title: Development of a preschool-based family-involving intervention study promoting preschoolers’ energy balance-related behaviours and self-regulation skills – preliminary results and reflections
Adjunct Professor Carola Ray has a PhD in public health and a Master in Nutrition. She is a senior researcher at Folkhälsan Research Center in Helsinki, and she works in the “Increased Health and Wellbeing in Preschools study” (the DAGIS study). She is experienced in health promoting, working about 10 years promoting healthy nutrition, and thereafter more than ten years doing research about children’s energy balance-related behaviours. Of special interest is how psychosocial and physical environments influence young and older children’s energy balance-related behaviours.
Prof. Uppsala University, Sweden
Title: How do we know what makes a difference in combatting childhood obesity?
Peter Bergsten obtained his medical training at Uppsala University, Sweden. In parallel he conducted cellular research focusing on how insulin secretory patterns are altered during development of type 2 diabetes. After receiving his PhD he spent postdoctoral stays at the NIH, USA and Cambridge, UK. In 2008 he was appointed full professor at Uppsala University. At this time he had combined the mechanistic cellular work with clinical studies addressing causes of obesity-related type 2 diabetes in children conducted at the Uppsala University Children’s Hospital, where he is adjunct professor. The translational research effort also includes clinical trials to increase the pharmacology-based treatment options for this patient group. With his initiative Ending ChildHood Obesity (ECHO) zone the childhood obesity work also encompasses preventive aspects. Focus of the community-based ECHO zone approach is to build evidence on what interventions effectively and sustainably reduce childhood obesity. He is engaged both in scientific and public contexts, nationally and internationally, promoting health among children. He has published over 110 peer-reviewed articles and received several research awards. Currently, he is evaluating the city of Seinäjoki’s program against childhood obesity.