SUNRISE Finland study is part of an international SUNRISE study, which aims to globally monitor the World Health Organization Guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children in the early years.

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The SUNRISE Finland study is part of an International Study of Movement Behaviours in the Early Years – the SUNRISE study. The SUNRISE Coordinating Centre is based at the University of Wollongong in Australia. This study brings together more than 40 low, middle, and high-income countries across the globe. The SUNRISE study aims to determine the proportion of 3- and 4-year-old children sampled in participating countries who meet the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global 24-hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years. Secondary aims include the monitoring of gross and fine motor and cognitive skills (working memory and inhibition). The SUNRISE Finland study additionally aims to identify factors associated with children’s movement behaviours, focusing on socioeconomic factors, differences between sexes and between urban and rural environments, and parental health behaviour and mental well-being. This study consists of a pilot study and a main study. The pilot study was conducted in daycare centres in Southern Finland in early 2022. For the main study, 1000 children aged 3.0 to 4.9 years will be recruited in Helsinki, Turku, Kuopio and Oulu, and surrounding rural regions (50% of children from urban- and 50% from rural areas). The main study will be conducted during the years 2022 and 2023.

The international SUNRISE study will provide the first international data on movement behaviours for the early years. The SUNRISE Finland study enables Finland to participate in this international study. In addition, the SUNRISE Finland study provides evidence on factors associated with movement behaviours among young children living in Finland. The study produces information on which individual, family background, as well as societal factors are related to children’s movement behaviours. The results of this study will help in promoting healthy movement behaviours already at an early age and equal opportunities for healthy growth to all children. Research of movement behaviours during the early years is important in health promotion of the general population.

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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

Juho Vainio Foundation

Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation

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

Dr Ilona Merikanto, SLEEPWELL Research Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Professor Jari Lahti, Department of Psychology and Logopedics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Dr. Lauri Hietajärvi, Research Group for Educational Psychology, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsink

Okely T, Reilly JJ, Tremblay MS,…Roos E, et al. Cross-sectional examination of 24- hour movement behaviours among 3- and 4-year-old children in urban and rural settings in low-income, middle-income and high-income countries: the SUNRISE study protocol. BMJ Open 2021;11:e049267.

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