Healthy Kids of Seinäjoki Conference

March 12-14, 2019




Tuesday, March 12th

Registration and Info


10:00-11:30 The Closing Seminar of the Overcoming Obesity Programme Modelling Project 2017-2018, City of Seinäjoki (in Finnish)
Releasing the Seinäjoki Model of Overcoming Childhood Obesity and the Results of the Project (in Finnish)

Seinäjoen kaupungin Lihavuus laskuun -ohjelman mallintaminen -hankkeen 2017-2018 päätösseminaari (suomeksi)
Seinäjoen kaupungin mallin esittely ja hankkeen tulokset (suomeksi)

Ulla Frantti-Malinen, Coordinator of Health and Welfare Promotion, City of Seinäjoki / Hyvinvoinnin ja terveyden edistämisen koordinaattori, Seinäjoen kaupunki
Ulla Ollinkoski, Project Planner, City of Seinäjoki / Hanketyöntekijä, Seinäjoen kaupunki


12:30-13:00 Opening Ceremony
Welcome Speech, Opening the 2nd International Healthy Kids of Seinäjoki Conference
Erkki Välimäki, Director of City Development, City of Seinäjoki

Healthy Kids of Seinäjoki Platform for Practice, Education, Research and Business
Helli Kitinoja, Senior Advisor, Global Education Services, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Chair of the Conference Committee

13:00-13:30 Release the Seinäjoki Model of Overcoming Childhood Obesity
Ulla Frantti-Malinen, Coordinator of Health and Welfare Promotion, City of Seinäjoki

13:30-14:00 National Activities to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Päivi Mäki, Development Manager, Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)

14:00-14:30 Class on the Move, Healthy School in Kangdong City, South Korea
Dr. Jae-Heon Kang, Professor of Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

14:30-15:00 Coffee break

15:00-15:30 Children and Nutrition in Namibia: Challenges and Opportunities
Prof. Dr. Kenneth Kamwi Matengu, Vice Chancellor, University of Namibia (UNAM), Namibia; Honorary Visiting Professor, Cardiff University

15:30-17:00 Mental Health and Overall Wellbeing of Children and their Families
Better Life. Better Performance.
Mikko Lilja
, Coaching Director, Hintsa Performance Ltd.

Fazer Brainhow® – Nurturing Growing Brains
Marika Laaksonen, PhD (Nutrition), Lead in Health, Fazer Lab       

Child´s Mind – Mental Health Promotion of Children
Susanna Kosonen, Specialist and Coordinator for mental health promotion of children and young people, the Finnish Association for Mental Health

17:00-17:30 Health and Wellbeing Management
Cost-Effectiveness of Interventions to Promote Healthy Lifestyle in School
Eila Kankaanpää, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Health Economics, University of Eastern Finland

17.40 Busses from the conference venue to the Hotel
18:20 Busses from the Hotels to the City Hall            

18:30-20:30 Seinäjoki City Reception, Seinäjoki City Hall
Concert, Students of Seinäjoki Music Institute, Teacher Raili Peltonen
Welcome Speeches


Wednesday, March 13th

Registration and Info

08:00-11:00 Site Visit I: (Bus from the Hotel Scandic at 8:00, Lakeus at 8:05)

Seinäjoki High School
Teijo Päkkilä, Principal  

Primary School Marttila (classes 1-6)
Marika Ojala, Deputy Head of the School

Seinäjoen Lyseo (classes 7-9)
Kaisa Isotalo, Principal

Site Visit II: (Bus from the Hotel Scandic at 8:30, Lakeus at 8:35)

Early Education Center Satulinna
Marika Horila, Director of the Kindergarten
Pia Taurula, Ambassador of the Children on the Move

Primary School Halkosaari
Tero Juonoja, Head of the School

09:00-11:00 Research Meeting aiming to joint research projects

11:00-11:30 Coffee break, Exchibition and Posters 


11:30-12:00 The Evidence of the Effects of Physical Activity on Academic Achievement in Youth
Eero Haapala, PhD, Adjunct Professor in Paediatric Exercise Physiology, Biology of Physical Activity, Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä 

12:00-12:30 UK Food on Prescription: Building a Healthier Future
Doug Richards, CEO Sano & Lead for the College of Medicine Food Programme, UK

12:30-13:30 Lunch

Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, School of Health Care and Social Work, Address: Kalevankatu 35, Kampustalo building, C2053 (2nd Floor)
Healthy Kids MiniHack


13:30-15:00 Parallel Session 1: Health and Wellbeing Management
Impacts of a national recommendation on the sale of sweet products in Finnish schools
Jaakko Anttila, PhD, DDS, Chief dentist, City of Alajärvi, Lecturer in Community Dentistry, University of Turku

Healthy Kids 3D – Development Platform 2.0
Sami Alho, Project Manager, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences

PEB: Obesity, nutrition and exercise: The German perspective
Gerhard Huber, Prof. for Sport Sciences, the University of Heidelberg, Steering Committee of the Platform Nutrition and Physical Activity in Berlin, Germany


13:30-15:00 Parallel Session 2: Kids and Families on the Move
Could we find new ways to activate Kids – NordInC Project, Botnia Atlantica Programme
Jouko Kangasniemi, Project Coordinator, CEO LiveIt™, Kuortane Olympic Training Center

Valio Academy – supporting exercise and wellbeing
Nina Wahlström, Project Manager, Valio Academy, Valio Ltd.

Early Education promoting Health  
Aija-Marita Näsänen, Director of Early Education, City of Seinäjoki    

Health-Enhancing Physical Activity in Municipalities
Jenna Siltala, Social Policy Student, University of Turku

15:00-15:30 Coffee break, Exchibition and Posters


15:30-16:30 Empowering Citizens to make Healthy Choices
ECHO Zone Värnamo
Linda-Marie Rönnkvist, Health Coordinator, Värnamo, Sweden
Johan Arvidsson, Local Government Officer, Värnamo, Sweden
Peter Bergsten, Prof., Uppsala University, Sweden

Effects of Pregnancy Smoking on Fetus and Child’s Future Health
Helinä Mesiäislehto-Soukka, PhD, M.A, Midwife, Registered Nurse, Senior Lecturer, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences; Chair of the Work Group of Non-Smoking Pregnancy and Parenting, The Hospital District of South Ostrobothnia
Emilia Joona, Bachelor of Health Care, Registered Public Health Nurse, Registered Nurse, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences
Marja Pessinen, Bachelor of Health Care, Registered Public Health Nurse, Registered Nurse, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences         

Frami F Building, 7th Heaven (7th Floor)
17:30-19:00 Meeting for the Gamification, Healthy Kids of Seinäjoki 3D Model (invitation only)
Sami Alho, Project Manager, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences 

Outdoor Activities
17:10 Busses from the conference venue to the Hotels Lakeus and Scandic
17:45 Busses from the Hotels to Jouppilanvuori
18:00 – 20:00 Walking at the nature recreational trails, coffee and something to eat at the camp fire and outdoor activities
20:00 Busses back to the hotels


Thursday, March 14th

Registration and Info


09:00-10:30 Parallel Session 1: Activities Promoting Health and Wellbeing
We all working together –model to prevent bullying and conflict and to resolve disagreements positively
Riina Peltola, Programme Coordinator
Irene Turenius, Head of the School
Jari Jaskari, Basic Education Manager, City of Seinäjoki

Promoting Children’s Well-being through Visual Art
Elina Teitti, Art Educator (M.A.), Seinäjoki Art Hall, Cultural Affairs, City of Seinäjoki

Finnish Schools on the Move – more active and pleasant school days
Antti Blom, Programme Director, Finnish Schools on the Move –programme, Finnish National Agency for Education (OPH)   


09:00-10:30 Parallel Session 2: Food Safety and Nutrition Innovations
Healthy Food for Children  
Susanna Suorauha, Foodservice Specialist in Foodservice Department, City of Seinäjoki

Healthy snacking after school, before hobbies
Sara Pohjavuori, Master of Health Science (Nutrition), Licensed dietitian Nutrition Professional, Foodwest Ltd.   

Childhood Obesity – Regional Efforts from Primary to Secondary Health Care
Soili Alanne, PhD, RD, The Hospital District of South Ostrobothnia, Seinäjoki Central Hospital, Department of Clinical Nutrition           

10:30-12:00 Empowering Citizens to make Healthy Choices
Multidisciplinary collaboration to prevent obesity and overweight among children and adolescents in Seinäjoki
Ulla Ollinkoski, Project Planner, Health and welfare promotion, City of Seinäjoki

Baltic cities tackle lifestyle related diseases   
Terhi Kimpimäki, PHN, Project Coordinator, City of Seinäjoki  

OnniWay Kids – small acts, when multiplied, can transform the world
Kyle Mulholland, CEO, Co-founder, OnniHabit Ltd.

12:00-13:00 Lunch


13:00-13:30 Beyond PISA – preparing children for the future
Ulla Koivukoski, Founder, CCO, Human Keystones Oy                   

13:30-14:00 Preventive Health Care in China (NEW)
Dr. Liu Liang, General Director, People’s Hospital of NingXiang City, China

14:00-14:45 Closing the Conference
Conclusions and closing words
Ulla Frantti-Malinen, Coordinator of Health and Welfare Promotion, City of Seinäjoki

Mercedes Krapovickas, Bandeon artist



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