Health, Welfare and Lifestyles (HEALTH)

Research under this theme shall give special attention to mechanisms that, drawing on the results of scientific research over the past decades, can bring about permanent changes in people’s behaviour. There is an abundance of information about health and wellbeing, but people in Finland are not following experts’ lifestyle recommendations. There is also an abundance of knowledge about lifestyles that promote health and wellbeing, but that knowledge is not put to good enough use. A central concern under this theme is to identify different types of groups and their special interests and motivating factors. It is essential to consider the international context and cooperation: What successes have other countries had in the area of health and wellbeing, what lessons have been learned and what could be transferred or applied to Finland?

Research under this theme shall provide more information on how resources could be transferred from the treatment to the prevention of diseases. Research is needed so that information about health and wellbeing can be tailored in such a way that it better reaches and motivates different groups. The aim is to ensure that the information provided is taken on board and that it translates into health and wellbeing at all stages of the life cycle. In addition, the research can tackle questions related to the role and responsibilities of authorities. What impact do different instruments of influence and different solutions have, and what is their social acceptability? How can individuals be sustainably encouraged to take greater responsibility for their own health?


Stop Diabetes – Knowledge-Based Solutions (StopDia)
Jussi Pihlajamäki, University of Eastern Finland, consortium PI
Pilvikki Absetz, University of Eastern Finland
Jaana Lindström, Institute for Health and Welfare
Kaisa Poutanen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

Evidence-Based Health Promotion @Work (Promo@Work)
Jaana Laitinen, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, consortium PI
Kirsi Heikkilä-Tammi, Tampere University
Antti Matti Juhani Muhos, University of Oulu
Harri Oinas-Kukkonen, University of Oulu
Johanna Ruusuvuori, Tampere University
Stephanie Stock, University of Cologne

Inclusive Promotion of Health and Wellbeing (PROMEQ)
Marja Vaarama, University of Eastern Finland, consortium PI
Pekka Rissanen, Tampere University
Sanna Aaltonen, Finnish Youth Research Society
Kati Närhi, University of Jyväskylä
Antti Samuli Syväjärvi, University of Lapland
Tarmo Valkonen, Research Institute of the Finnish Economy

Transferring Child and Adolescent Mental Health Treatment to Awareness, Prevention and Early Intervention (APEX)
Andre Sourander, University of Turku, consortium PI
Eila Kankaanpää, University of Eastern Finland
Marja Kankaanranta, University of Jyväskylä
Patrick McGrath, IWK Health Centre

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Senior Researcher, docent Eveliina Saari

Science Adviser Pilvi Toppinen
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