This study examines whether schools which participated the Finnish Schools on the Move programme’s pilot phase 2010-2012 succeeded in their efforts to increase physical activity in the school setting. Especially the changes in students’ physical activity and the associations with school-related social factors, such as peer relationships and school climate, are investigated. In addition, we evaluate the factors behind the success and challenges in the local projects in enhancing physical activity in the school setting.
The goal of this study is to examine whether students’ perceived school-related social factors could be improved by participation in physical activities especially in the school setting, and thereby to promote students’ engagement and learning in schools. Decision-makers, teachers and others working within the school sector can take advantage of these results in developing students’ equal possibilities to feeling comfortable in schools and having a physically active lifestyle.
Researcher (on leave of absence)
International scientific publications and congress presentations:
Haapala HL, Hirvensalo MH, Kulmala J, Hakonen H, Kankaanpää A, Laine K, Laakso L & Tammelin TH 2017. Changes in physical activity and sedentary time in the Finnish Schools on the Move program: a quasi-experimental study. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports 27 (11): 1442–1453.
Haapala HL, Kämppi K, Kulmala J, Hakonen H & Tammelin TH. Physical activity and liking school in primary school students. CIAPSE 2 – Children’s Physical Activity and Sport, Jyväskylä, Suomi 26.-28.1.2017. (oral presentation)
Haapala H, Hirvensalo M, Laine K, Laakso L, Hakonen H, Lintunen T & Tammelin T. Changes in physical activity at recess and school-related social factors - case analyses from four Finnish lower secondary schools. The 6th ISPAH International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Bangkok, Thailand, 16.-19.11.2016. (poster)
Haapala H, Paukku J & Räty K. Physically active school day for all children – the Finnish Schools on the Move programme. Nordic Conference in Adapted Physical Activity and Disability Sport, Pajulahti, Finland 19.–21.8.2015. (oral presentation)
Haapala, H., Hirvensalo, M., Laine, K., Laakso, L., Hakonen, H., Kankaanpää, A., Lintunen, T. & Tammelin, T. 2014. Recess physical activity and school-related social factors in Finnish primary and lower secondary schools: cross-sectional associations. BMC Public Health, 14:1114.
Haapala, H., Hirvensalo, M., Laine, K.,Laakso, L., Hakonen, H., Lintunen, T. & Tammelin, T. 2014. Adolescents’ physical activity at recess and actions to promote a physically active school day in four Finnish schools. Health Education Research 29 (5), 840–852.
Haapala HL, Hirvensalo HL, Kulmala J, Laine K, Hakonen H, Laakso L & Tammelin TH. Changes in objectively measured school physical activity and sedentary time during the pilot phase of the national Finnish Schools on the Move programme. 2014 Global Summit on the Physical Activity of Children, Toronto, Canada 19.-22.5.2014. (poster)
Haapala H, Hirvensalo MH, Laine K, Hakonen H, Laakso L & Tammelin TH. Changes in the physical activities at recess in grades 7 to 9 students in Finnish Schools on the Move programme in 2010-2012. 9th Annual Meeting and 4th Conference of HEPA Europe, p. 37-38. Helsinki, Finland 21.-24.10.2013. (oral presentation)
Haapala H, Hirvensalo MH, Laine K, Hakonen H, Laakso L & Tammelin TH. Changes in ball games at recess of grades 7 to 9 students during Finnish Schools on the Move programme in 2010-2012. AIESEP Specialist Research Seminar 2013, Jyväskylä, Finland 12.-14.9.2013. (poster)
Haapala H, Hirvensalo M, Laine K, Laakso L & Tammelin T. Physical activity and peer relationships at school among Finnish students in grades 4-5 and 7-8. In N. Balagué, C. Torrents, A. Vilanova, J. Cadefau, R. Tarragó & E. Tsolakidis (eds.) 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science ECSS Barcelona 2013 Book of Abstracts, p. 432. Barcelona, Spain 26.-29.6.2013. (mini-oral presentation)
Tammelin T & Haapala H. Finnish Schools on the Move project. XIII Liikuntatieteen Päivät, Jyväskylä, Finland 12.–13.6.2013. (invited speaker)
Haapala H, Hirvensalo M, Laine K, Laakso L & Tammelin T. Physical activity at recess and school-related social factors among grades 4-5 and 7-8 Finnish students. The 2nd NORDPLUS-IDROTT Conference. Odense, Denmark 6.-8.5.2013. (poster)
Haapala H, Laine K, Laakso L, Hirvensalo M & Tammelin T. 2012. Physically active school recess: Student and staff experiences from the Finnish Schools on the Move programme. In T. Jaakkola, J. Liukkonen & J. Hiltunen (eds.) International Congress on Enhancement of Physical Activity and Motor Skills “ICEPA 2012”, ID#114. University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, Jyväskylä, Finland 1.-3.11.2012. (poster)
Haapala H, Laine K, Laakso L, Hirvensalo M & Tammelin T. 2011. Parents’ views on children’s physical activities: How much is enough and who is responsible? International Congress of Enhancement of Physical Activity of Children and Youth. Vuokatti, Finland 7.-9.4.2011. Abstract book p. 61. (poster)