LIKES Research Centre coordinates several national programmes in Finland.
The national programmes support the operating cultures of early childhood education, basic education, lower secondary and higher education, as well as the operating cultures of work communities, in order to benefit wellbeing and increase physical activity as a part of our everyday lives.
At the same time, the national programmes support the aims of the Finnish Government Programme to ensure physically active lifestyle for everyone, in different stages of life.
Joy in Motion
Joy in Motion is a nationwide physical activity and well-being programme aimed at early childhood education and care. The programme aims to enable every child to be physically active and enjoy physical activity every day.
Schools on the Move
Schools on the Move has been a success story in Finland. More than 90 per cent of Finnish schools participate in the programme. In the 2000s, positive developments have been seen in the amount of physical activity among Finnish children of comprehensive school age. According to the staff in these schools, the Schools on the Move activities are beneficial for learning and contribute to a peaceful atmosphere at school.
Students on the Move
The goal of the Students on the Move programme is to increase physical activity and study ability among students by developing an active operating culture in their educational institutions. An operating culture supporting the activity of an educational institution refers to the attitudes, activities and competence of staff and students, and the conditions, structures, approaches and management of the educational institutions.
Adults on the Move
Adults on the Move programme (former Fit for Life programme) aims to increase wellbeing and enhance the physical activity levels of working-aged people. Programme’s goal is to activate and help sedentary adults to start physically active way of life, reduce sedentary lifestyle and increase physically active commuting (walking and cycling).
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Girls are less physically active during the school day than boys; during leisure time, the differences diminish
A recently published follow-up study showed that changes in physical activity during the teen years are different between the sexes.