PLANER OCH SKISSER
Konferens i Glasgow England 2012
Cecilia Boldemann Karolinska institutet pratar om SPRING på konferens i Glasgow juni 2012.
Title: Implementation of saluto-synergetic land use for outdoor preschool environment in local government
2. Planning, Design and Evaluation in Human Environments
2.3 Evidence-based research and its impact on policy and practice
CONTEXT, PARTNERSHIPS AND INSTITUTIONS INVOLVED
Health programs compete for resources and attention, e.g. community-based intervention programs for physical activity vs. skin cancer control. However, a saluto-synergetic approach to improving children’s physical outdoor environment may favorably impact both and several other factors relevant to health. Strong reasons motivate intervention at preschool level: Apart from instant beneficial impact, healthy behavior from an early start may track into adulthood, and preschool is the setting where an increasing number of young children spend the lion’s share of their waking hours. Moreover, children from all social strata benefit from health-promoting outdoor preschool environment. Children are known to be more physically active during outdoor rather than indoor play. Outdoor play without risk of sunburn should therefore be encouraged (at sun exposure of 100-200 Jm2 dark-skinned children get what they need to form vitamin D, and fair-skinned children do not risk sunburn).
Data for what is required for an environment to maintain and strengthen health among preschool children have been explored in a cross-sectional research project involving universities in Sweden and North Carolina, municipalities (Sweden), and corporations (USA). The focus of these studies was to pinpoint the criteria for preschool outdoor environment to predict self-triggered healthy behavior (increased physical activity, balanced UV exposure) and health outcomes such as few infections, freedom from stress and good night sleep. The aim was an attempt to define universal criteria valid irrespective of climate, landscape of latitude.
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