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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 children under 5 years of age 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. This study brings together researchers in total from 39 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.

The SUNRISE Coordinating Centre is based at the University of Wollongong, Australia. The aim of the pilot SUNRISE study (early 2018 to present), first phase of the study, has been 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 in the Pilot SUNRISE Finland in Folkhälsan’s early care education centres (ECECs) and in other Swedish speaking ECECs in 2021 as early as Cod-19 pandemic let us enter ECECs. 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 capital region, Kuopio, Oulu, 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
Marja Leppänen, PhD
Elina Engberg, PhD

Samfundet Folkhälsan

The Ministry of Education and Culture

Senior professor Tony Okely, University of Wollongong, Australia

    • Eva Roos

      PhD, Docent in Nutrition, Group Leader

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