About the study

DAGIS (Increased Health and Wellbeing in Preschools) is a research project interested in energy balance-related behaviours (EBRBs) and stress regulation in Finnish preschool children (3-6 year olds). Energy balance-related behaviours include sedentary behaviours, physical activity, dietary behaviours and sleep habits. As well as studying preschool children, DAGIS will research the work wellbeing of preschool personnel.

DAGIS comprises of two phases. The first phase included focus group interviews, a pilot study and a cross-sectional survey. The second phase is an intervention.


DAGIS has three main aims:

1. To improve EBRBs of children.

2. To improve work wellbeing and the lifestyle of preschool personnel.

3. To create preschool as an environment for healthy lifestyle and wellbeing for children and personnel.

The project is conducted in cooperation with Samfundet Folkhälsan, the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and the University of Helsinki. The progress of the project will be updated on these webpages.

Contact details of the research group can be found here.



Picture10There are several stages to DAGIS. Results of the project will be reported progressively.

Publications are updated here.



DAGIS is financed by:

Folkhälsan Research Centre

University of Helsinki

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

Academy of Finland

Ministry of Education and Culture

Juho Vainio Foundation

        Medicinska Understödsföreningen Liv och Hälsa r.f.

Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Päivikki and Sakari Sohlberg Foundation