A1 Journal article (refereed)
The effectiveness of the HIPPA intervention in the sociocultural environment of ECEC physical activity (2023)

Mehtälä, A., Sääkslahti, A., Soini, A., Poskiparta, M., & Kokko, S. (2023). The effectiveness of the HIPPA intervention in the sociocultural environment of ECEC physical activity. Journal of Early Childhood Education Research, 12(1), 169-204. https://journal.fi/jecer/article/view/116848

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All authors or editorsMehtälä, Anette; Sääkslahti, Arja; Soini, Anne; Poskiparta, Marita; Kokko, Sami

Journal or seriesJournal of Early Childhood Education Research


Publication year2023

Publication date06/02/2023


Issue number1

Pages range169-204

PublisherSuomen varhaiskasvatus ry

Publication countryFinland

Publication languageEnglish

Persistent website addresshttps://journal.fi/jecer/article/view/116848

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/86242

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Studies have shown that, on average, children’s physical activity (PA) levels in early childhood education and care (ECEC) environments are low, thus opening up the possibility of interventions. We examined the effect of the teacher-implemented one-year long ‘home-and-childcare-based intervention to promote physical activity’ (HIPPA) study on children’s PA in ECEC settings in Finland. Participating four-year-old children (N = 128) were cluster-randomised into two groups, intervention (seven childcare centres) and control (seven childcare centres), in autumn 2011. The children were observed directly during their ECEC times. Multilevel linear analysis was used to test the PA differences between the intervention conditions. Post-intervention results showed that the HIPPA intervention increased the children’s PA. To enhance the real-life effectiveness of the present multicomponent intervention, we examined methods based on the intervention’s success and found areas of development for future studies. Overall, promoting active play by ECEC personnel offers an effective way to enhance children’s PA. Furthermore, to ensure the sustainability of the intervention effects, specific changes in practice have been identified that should be transferred into the policies intended for ECEC settings.

Keywordschildren (age groups)physical activityearly childhood education and careday care centresplaying (children's games)health promotionphysical education (upbringing)intervention study

Free keywordsmulticomponent intervention research

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2023

JUFO rating1

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