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SUNRISE Finland is part of a large international SUNRISE study that aims to monitor the WHO recently updated 24-hour Movement Guidelines for 3- and 4-years old children in different countries worldwide. The study consists of two phases; the pilot study and the main study.

The SUNRISE Finland study is part of the international SUNRISE Study of Movement Behaviours in the Early Years. The SUNRISE Coordinating Centre is based at the University of Wollongong, Australia. This study brings together researchers in total from 41 low, middle, and high-income countries across the globe. The SUNRISE study aims to determine the proportion of 3- and 4-years old children sampled in participating countries who meet the WHO Global 24-hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years by measuring children’s physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep. Secondary aims include the monitoring of gross and fine motor and cognitive skills. The SUNRISE Finland study additionally focuses on parental mental well-being. 

The aim of the SUNRISE Finland pilot study is to determine the feasibility of recruiting 100 children from urban and rural settings (50 from each), and to test the feasibility and acceptability of the data collection measures proposed for the main study. We will conduct the field phase of the pilot study in Folkhälsan’s early care education centers (ECECs) and in other Swedish speaking ECECs in Southern Finland during autumn 2021. We are also in the planning phase of the main SUNRISE Finland study, which aims to conduct the same measurements as in the pilot phase among a nationally representative sample of children in urban and rural settings in Helsinki-UusimaaKuopio, Oulu and Turku regions. The field work of the main study is planned to be conducted in 2022. 

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Group Leader
Eva Roos, Professor

Post-Doctoral Scientists
Elina Engberg, PhD
Marja Leppänen, PhD

Amanda Pulli, Coordinator

Samfundet Folkhälsan

The Ministry of Education and Culture

Professor Tony Okely, University of Wollongong, Australia

Professor Pasi Koski, Faculty of Education, University of Turku, Finland

Professor Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland

Professor Raija Korpelainen, Center for Life Course Health Research, University of Oulu, Finland, and Oulu Deaconess Institute Foundation sr.

Dr Elena Jansen, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USA

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