Finnish Schools on the Move

Increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary time among school-aged children

Finnish Schools on the Move is a national action programme aiming to establish a physically active culture in Finnish comprehensive schools. Schools and municipalities participating in the programme implement their own individual plans to increase physical activity during the school day.

Finnish Schools on the Move programme is one of the key projects in the field of knowledge and education in the Government Programme of Finland. The goal of the government is that "the Schools on the Move project will be expanded across the country to ensure one hour of physical activity each day".

The programme is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture and is organised by the Board of Education, regional state administrative agencies and various other organisations, and is part of the Government Programme in Finland.

Finnish Schools on the Move programme started with a pilot phase (2010-2012). Now (on April 2016) more than 70% of municipalities and 1500 comprehensive schools are involved in the programme.

Physical activity and sedentary time

Decreasing excessive sitting during school lessons is an opportunity to participate in the programme ideology.

 

The promotion of physical activity among school-aged children consists of both increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary time. This requires measures to be undertaken both at school and at home.

  • During the school day, physical activity can be increased by adding more physical education lessons, promoting active commuting and encouraging physically active breaks.
  • During schools lessons, sedentary behaviour can be decreased by implementing active learning methods involving short active breaks, in order to support optimal learning and avoid long periods of continued sitting. Decreasing excessive sitting during school lessons is an opportunity for all school personnel to participate in the programme ideology.

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