As is well known, movement and physical activity has a positive impact on the health, well-being and learning of children. But how much, how, and when do children actually move during a school day? These are some of the questions Vejle Municipality are trying to answer by collecting data on the pattern of movement of school kids
Vejle Municipality will start collecting motion data for the Nordic Healthy Cities project, Health Data. Students from six different schools in the municipality are going to participate in the data collection. The study will help to show how much children move during a school day and give insight into what promotes or restricts children’s movement.
The students will be equipped with wrist sensors collecting data about how they move during a school day. The wrist sensors are handed out in the morning and collected again when the students go home in the afternoon. The data from the wrist sensors will be collected and handled anonymously.
Principal at one of the participating schools, Susanne Feder, is pleased with the project: “Our experience is that our students move a great deal, but we don’t know precisely how much and when; so, it will be interesting to get some concrete data and with that more knowledge. The hope is that ourselves and others will become more incisive on how much, how, and when our students move and find out if changes must be made – for the benefit of our students’ learning and well-being”.
The collection of the motion data is part of the Nordic Healthy Cities project, Health Data, a collaborative project between the Nordic cities Tampere, Vejle and Tórshavn and funded by Nordic Innovation. The Health Data project aims at gathering holistic health data with the purpose of improving citizens’ health, supporting healthcare organisations and making citizens more aware of their own data. Read more about the project here