D4 Published development or research report or study
Aktiivinen ja hyvinvoiva korkeakoulu -kyselyn tuloksia keväältä 2023 (2023)

Kilkki, O., Mietola, V., Heimovaara, E., Kokko, S., & Bonsdorff, M. V. (2023). Aktiivinen ja hyvinvoiva korkeakoulu -kyselyn tuloksia keväältä 2023. Jyväskylän yliopisto. Julkaisuja - Terveyden edistämisen tutkimuskeskus, 9. https://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-9993-3

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All authors or editorsKilkki, Olga; Mietola, Vilma; Heimovaara, Essi; Kokko, Sami; Bonsdorff, Mikaela von


Journal or seriesJulkaisuja - Terveyden edistämisen tutkimuskeskus


Publication year2023

Publication date02/11/2023

Number in series9

Number of pages in the book36

PublisherJyväskylän yliopisto

Place of PublicationJyväskylä

Publication countryFinland

Publication languageFinnish

Persistent website addresshttps://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-9993-3

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel


University students sit on average almost 11 hours per day, and a large part of that time accumulates during studying. Also, only half of the students meet the physical activity recommendations. However, by reducing sitting and making study days more active, students health, well-being and ability to study – and future ability to work – can be promoted. These themes are at the center of the national Students on the Move programme. Also one of the main goals of this Active University project accorcance with the Students on the Move programme is to make study days more active and communal in the higher education institutions in Central Finland. This project is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. As part of the project, a survey on these themes was carried out for students and teaching staff in the higher education institutions in Central Finland. In total, 307 students and 64 members from the teaching staff took part in the surveys. The results of both surveys for students and teachers showed that there is still a need for improvement when it comes to reducing the amount of sitting or the implementation of active breaks in higher education institutions. The use of functional teaching methods and encouragement to take breaks from sitting seems to be limited, especially during online lectures. However, the results of the survey of both students and teachers show that being active during teaching and studying is considered important and desirable, but this may not yet be reflected in higher education teaching. The students hope that the teachers take responsibility for taking breaks, and the teachers also consider the teacher’s role important in taking breaks. Then again, it was concerning that most of the respondents reported that there are no general instructions at their own university on how and when to reduce sitting during teaching. Clear instructions for active studying and reducing sitting should be created in higher education institutions. In addition, the teachers should be trained more systematically in relation to these themes. According to the survey, there is also room for improvement in the environments of higher education institutions in terms of activating physical activity. Both the teaching staff and students agreed that there are very few tools and aids, such as standing desks, yoga balls etc., available in the study environments that allow them to reduce sitting. Tere is also a lack of awareness among students about means of equipment and facilities. Most students answered ”no” or ”can’t say” to the questions about the possibility of using the college’s sports facilities or equipment, taking a shower, or whether the college’s indoor or outdoor environments allow physical activity. It would be important both to invest in tools and environments that reduce sitting and encourage physical activity, and in communication about the possibilities of their use. The results of both surveys provide important information for the development of the Active University project. Solutions to the emerged problems are provided through the project’s activities, for example by training the teaching staff and modifying the physical environments of the universities to increase movement and support the reducing of sitting.

Keywordsinstitutions of higher educationstudentsteaching staffphysical activityimmobilitysittinghealth effectsphysical trainingbreaksrecommendationshealth promotion

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      • Bonsdorff vonMikaela
    • Ministry of Education and Culture

Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2023

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