Dr. Technical officer, WHO, Department for Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases
Juana Willumsen is a technical officer of the World Health Organization in the department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases. Her work focusses on population-based prevention of NCDs through policies to promote healthy diets and physical activity. She supports the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. A nutritionist by training, she has also contributed to the development of technical guidance at WHO on infant and young child nutrition, preconception and antenatal care and the Every Newborn Action Plan to end preventable newborn deaths. She has a PhD from the Institute of Child Health, University College, London and worked for a number of years in South Africa.
Lenka Prokopec Karlberg
Head of Partnerships, Generation Pep Association, Sweden
Promoting Active Lifestyle for the Children In Sweden
Coordinator of Health and Wellbeing, City of Seinäjoki
Healthy Kids of Seinäjoki Model
Introduction to the Overcoming Obesity Programme of the City of Seinäjoki, Health in All Policies Approach
Development manager, The Finnish Heart Association / Suomen Sydänliitto ry.
PostDoc im Cluster Gesellschaft und Gesundheit, Projekt heiEDUCATION
Dr. Benjamin Ewert is employed as a senior researcher at Heidelberg School of Education (a joint venture of Heidelberg University and Heidelberg University of Education). There he is part of the research cluster Society & Health. Benjamin’s main research interests are health promotion and health politics, social innovations, (local) welfare systems, service users and user organizations.
Lecturer of Physiotherapy, Seinäjoki UAS
My name is Maria Kasanen (M.Sc.). I am Lecturer of Physiotherapy in Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences. Before that I have worked short period in Overcoming obesity programme of The City of Seinäjoki. I am interested in comprehensive health and wellbeing of children and their families. I am happy that I can work with these important things when I coordinate Health Kids – Education Progamme in Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences. In addition I have two little kids whose health and wellbeing is important to me.
Senior Advisor, Global Education Services, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK)
- Master in Health Sciences (Topic of Master Theses: Professional self-esteem of graduated nursing students)
- Registered Nurse (RN), specialized in pediatric and child health care
- Qualified Nurse Teacher, 15-year teacher experience in nursing education
- Expertise in the administration and development of higher education, curricula and institutional internationalization since 1992-
- Coordinator and partner in several national and international research and development projects in the fields of elderly care, home care, eHealth, Health Africa, family nursing etc.
- Visiting lecturer in different Universities (Japan, China, Vietnam, Albania, Kosovo, Uganda, Kenya)
Ombudsman for Children, Finland
Everything starts from childhood
(Photo: Valokuvaamo Lahtinen)
Principal lecturer, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences
Food Consumption and Nutrient Intake during Preschool hours and at Home among Finnish Preschoolers
Dr., President, Consumer Policy Institute, Seoul, South Korea
Preventing Childhood Obesity Project, School on the Move 2016
Expert, RDI, FLEN Network, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences
Elina Puska, Expert R&D, Food Learning Export Network, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK)
Elina Puska is Expert R&D working in Food Learning Export Network (FLEN). FLEN is a network of Finnish higher education institutions offering professional services for various actors along the food chain. FLEN designs and implements tailor-made training programmes for different actors in the food chain e.g. governmental institutions, schools and universities, industries related to food. She is a co-leader the network and promotes FLEN abroad for food industry. She has a BBA from marketing, graduated from SeAMK. Since 2012, she has worked for SeAMK in various ERDF projects. Her work for FLEN promotes the internationalization of entire South Ostrobothnia food industry.
Regional Coordinator, development planner – The VESOTE program
Master of Health Sciences (exercise medicine)
Bachelor of Business Administration (marketing)
Regional Coordinator, development planner – The VESOTE program
Development Center of Primary Health Care and Health Promotion, The Hospital District of South Ostrobothnia
Professor, Functional Foods Forum (FFF), Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku (UTU), Finland
Prof. Hopia works as research professor of food development in University of Turku and holds also adjunct proferssorship (docent) in food science at University of Helsinki. AH is a team leader of a 10-member research group Taste and Health (located in South Ostrobothnia as part of Soth Ostrobothnian University network). She is PI of several on-going projects funded by Academy of Finland, Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, EU etc. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at University of California Davis (USA). AH has published 80+ academic papers on food science and several books and articles on popular science.
MSc, development manager, THL
Päivi Mäki, MSc, development manager, THL, is a coordinator of the Finnish Obesity Prevention Programme. Her work focusses on contacts to municipalities and other key organizations and actors involved in work related to obesity prevention especially among children. She has been working in THL since 2006 in various expert functions including the development of child health monitoring systems in Finland and the use of register based data in monitoring childhood obesity. She has also long term experience as a public health nurse.
Project Coordinator, Public Health Nurse, City of Seinäjoki
The role of the School and Student Health Care in Obesity prevention.
Researcher, PhD, LIKES Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health
Henna Haapala is a researcher in LIKES Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health in Jyväskylä, Finland. She is a specialist in physical education, school physical activity promotion and adapted physical activity, and passionate in making children and adolescents with all abilities feel themselves comfortable and active in the school environment. Her work focuses on school-based physical activity promotion with a whole-of-school approach, and she has been working with the nationwide Finnish Schools on the Move programme since its beginning in 2010. She has a PhD from the University of Jyväskylä and as a physical and health education teacher by training, she has worked as a teacher educator in several Finnish universities and is currently also teaching physical education online in Kulkuri School of Distance Education for Finnish expatriate children and youth all over the world.
MNSc, lecturer, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Health Care and Social Work
Health and Wellbeing Management
Key Account Manager, Into Seinäjoki
Integrating local companies to the implementation of the Seinäjoki Model
Elisabet Kivimäki is a specialist in international business relations and trade enhancement.
Master of Culture and Arts, Functional Foods Forum (FFF), Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku (UTU), Finland.
Susanna Ihanus works as project specialist in two food development projects at the University of Turku and as a member of research group Taste and Health. She has worked as a project manager in many development and research projects at the University of Turku, the Tampere University of Applied Sciences as well as in public and private sector. Her background is in Business and Cultural management.