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Relationship of stress and physical activity with psychological and physiological health in young children

English title Relationship of stress and physical activity with psychological and physiological health in young children
Applicant Puder Jardena
Number 147673
Funding scheme Sinergia
Research institution Division d'endocrinologie, diabétologie et du métabolisme Département de médecine interne - CHUV
Institution of higher education University of Lausanne - LA
Main discipline Paediatrics
Start/End 01.10.2013 - 30.09.2017
Approved amount 2'049'374.00
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All Disciplines (8)

Discipline
Paediatrics
Methods of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Social Paediatrics
Cardiovascular Diseases
Metabolic Disorders
Mental Disorders, Psychosomatic Diseases
Dietetics
Accidents

Keywords (7)

Children; Physical activity; Adiposity; Psychological well-being; Motor skills; Cognitive functioning; Stress

Lay Summary (French)

Lead
Améliorer la santé des enfants constitue un défi majeur. La santé générale englobe la santé psychique et physique et peut être définie comme étant l’état optimal pour l’enfant de penser, ressentir, se comporter, se nourrir, bouger et grandir, particulièrement dans des situations représentant un défi. Dans l’environnement actuel, le stress et le manque d’activité physique sont considérés comme d’importants défis de santé, mais les études prospectives avec de jeunes enfants sont très rares.
Lay summary

 

Contenu et objectifs du travail de recherche :

La question clé que l’étude évalue d’une manière prospective chez des enfants de 3-5 ans dans des crèches est : « Comment le stress (en tant que facteur prédictif potentiellement délétère pour la santé) et/ou l’activité physique (en tant qu’indicateur potentiellement bénéfique pour la santé) sont-ils reliés aux quatre paramètres essentiels de santé psychique et physique chez les enfants : fonctions cognitives, bien-être psychique, adiposité/poids et capacités motrices ? ».  Pour le stress, nous évaluons les effets des stresseurs environnementaux, la perception du stress et les réponses biologiques du stress. Une autre question étudie les modérateurs importants (caractéristiques psychiques de l’enfant tels que l’humeur, le contrôle des émotions de même que les paramètres environnementaux  tels que le cadre familial et l’environnement socioculturel/de voisinage dans son ensemble) et des périodes sensibles pour ces influences. Ces questions sont étudiées dans 4 sous-projets dans des crèches du canton Bâle, Berne, Fribourg, Vaud et Zurich.

Contexte scientifique et social du projet de recherche

Ce projet créera une cohorte longitudinale de la santé psychique et physique des jeunes enfants vivant en Suisse dans les deux plus importantes régions de diversité socioculturelle. Notre travail intègrera un paradigme des influences pertinentes potentiellement délétères et bénéfiques pour la santé à différentes périodes de l’enfance en intégrant l’influence des stresseurs chroniques et aigus. Ceci contribuera aussi de définir l’éventuel rôle modérateur des caractéristiques individuelles de l’enfant et de son environnement. Ces connaissances permettront de mieux appréhender les trajectoires de développement favorables, de mettre en exergue certaines périodes plus délicates, ainsi que d’identifier les jeunes à risque d’une détérioration de leur état de santé psychique et physique, aussi pour développer d’interventions futures.

 

 

 

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Publications

Publication
Association of physical activity with adiposity in preschoolers using different clinical adiposity measures: a cross-sectional study
Arhab Amar, Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Kakebeeke Tanja H., Stülb Kerstin, Zysset Annina, Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Schmutz Einat A., Meyer Andrea H., Munsch Simone, Kriemler Susi, Jenni Oskar G., Puder Jardena J. (2019), Association of physical activity with adiposity in preschoolers using different clinical adiposity measures: a cross-sectional study, in BMC Pediatrics, 19(1), 397-397.
Accelerometer-derived physical activity estimation in preschoolers – comparison of cut-point sets incorporating the vector magnitude vs the vertical axis
Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Schmutz Einat A., Zysset Annina E., Kakebeeke Tanja H., Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Stülb Kerstin, Arhab Amar, Meyer Andrea H., Munsch Simone, Jenni Oskar G., Puder Jardena J., Kriemler Susi (2019), Accelerometer-derived physical activity estimation in preschoolers – comparison of cut-point sets incorporating the vector magnitude vs the vertical axis, in BMC Public Health, 19(1), 513-513.
Prevalence and Predictors of Behavioral Problems in Healthy Swiss Preschool Children Over a One Year Period
Stülb Kerstin, Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Kakebeeke Tanja H., Arhab Amar, Zysset Annina E., Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Schmutz Einat A., Meyer Andrea H., Kriemler Susi, Jenni Oskar G., Puder Jardena J., Munsch Simone (2019), Prevalence and Predictors of Behavioral Problems in Healthy Swiss Preschool Children Over a One Year Period, in Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 50(3), 439-448.
Age-Adapted Stress Task in Preschoolers Does not Lead to Uniform Stress Responses
Stülb Kerstin, Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Kakebeeke Tanja H., Arhab Amar, Zysset Annina E., Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Schmutz Einat A., Meyer Andrea H., Garcia-Burgos David, Ehlert Ulrike, Kriemler Susi, Jenni Oskar G., Puder Jardena J., Munsch Simone (2019), Age-Adapted Stress Task in Preschoolers Does not Lead to Uniform Stress Responses, in Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 47(4), 571-587.
Physiological stress measures in preschool children and their relationship with body composition and behavioral problems
Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Arhab Amar, Stülb Kerstin, Kakebeeke Tanja H., Zysset Annina E., Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Schmutz Einat A., Ehlert Ulrike, Kriemler Susi, Jenni Oskar G., Munsch Simone, Puder Jardena J. (2018), Physiological stress measures in preschool children and their relationship with body composition and behavioral problems, in Developmental Psychobiology, 60(8), 1009-1022.
Physical activity and sedentary behavior in preschoolers: a longitudinal assessment of trajectories and determinants
Schmutz Einat A., Haile Sarah R., Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Kakebeeke Tanja H., Zysset Annina E., Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Stülb Kerstin, Arhab Amar, Meyer Andrea H., Munsch Simone, Puder Jardena J., Jenni Oskar G., Kriemler Susi (2018), Physical activity and sedentary behavior in preschoolers: a longitudinal assessment of trajectories and determinants, in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 15(1), 35-35.
Childcare Correlates of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Adiposity in Preschool Children: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the SPLASHY Study
Arhab Amar, Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Kakebeeke Tanja H., Lanzi Stefano, Stülb Kerstin, Zysset Annina E., Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Schmutz Einat A., Meyer Andrea H., Munsch Simone, Kriemler Susi, Jenni Oskar G., Puder Jardena J. (2018), Childcare Correlates of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Adiposity in Preschool Children: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the SPLASHY Study, in Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2018, 1-12.
Predictors of Executive Functions in Preschoolers: Findings From the SPLASHY Study
Zysset Annina E., Kakebeeke Tanja H., Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Meyer Andrea H., Stülb Kerstin, Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Schmutz Einat A., Arhab Amar, Puder Jardena J., Kriemler Susi, Munsch Simone, Jenni Oskar G. (2018), Predictors of Executive Functions in Preschoolers: Findings From the SPLASHY Study, in Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2060.
Assessment of emotional responses in preschoolers to an age-adapted stress task: Picture-based stress test and facial coding.
KerstinStuelb, Messerli-BürgyNadine, KakebeekeTanja, ArhabAmar, ZyssetAnnina, Leeger-AschmannClaudia, SchmutzEinat, MeyerAndrea Hans, BechtelerBarbara, SchneiderSilvia, KriemlerSusi, JenniOskar, PuderJardena, MunschSimone (2018), Assessment of emotional responses in preschoolers to an age-adapted stress task: Picture-based stress test and facial coding., in J Child Adolesc Health, 2(2), 14-18.
Bewegung und Sport bei Kindern und Jugendlichen
KriemlerSusi (2018), Bewegung und Sport bei Kindern und Jugendlichen, in Weissenrieder N, Stier B, Schwab O (ed.), Springer, Heidelberg, 345.
The validity of parental reports on motor skills performance level in preschool children: a comparison with a standardized motor test
Zysset Annina E., Kakebeeke Tanja H., Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Meyer Andrea H., Stülb Kerstin, Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Schmutz Einat A., Arhab Amar, Ferrazzini Valentina, Kriemler Susi, Munsch Simone, Puder Jardena J., Jenni Oskar G. (2018), The validity of parental reports on motor skills performance level in preschool children: a comparison with a standardized motor test, in European Journal of Pediatrics, 177(5), 715-722.
Interventions to Promote Fundamental Movement Skills in Childcare and Kindergarten: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Wick Kristin, Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Monn Nico D., Radtke Thomas, Ott Laura V., Rebholz Cornelia E., Cruz Sergio, Gerber Natalie, Schmutz Einat A., Puder Jardena J., Munsch Simone, Kakebeeke Tanja H., Jenni Oskar G., Granacher Urs, Kriemler Susi (2017), Interventions to Promote Fundamental Movement Skills in Childcare and Kindergarten: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, in Sports Medicine, 47(10), 2045-2068.
Association between Body Composition and Motor Performance in Preschool Children
Kakebeeke TH, Lanzi S, Zysset AE, Arhab A, Messerli-Bürgy N, Stülb K, Leeger-Aschmann CS, Schmutz EA, Meyer AH, Kriemler S, Munsch S, Jenni OG, Puder JJ (2017), Association between Body Composition and Motor Performance in Preschool Children, in Obesity Facts, 10(5), 420-431.
Emotional eating is related with temperament but not with stress biomarkers in preschool children.
Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Stülb Kerstin, Kakebeeke Tanja H, Arhab Amar, Zysset Annina E, Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S, Schmutz Einat A, Meyer Andrea H, Ehlert Ulrike, Garcia-Burgos David, Kriemler Susi, Jenni Oskar G, Puder Jardena J, Munsch Simone (2017), Emotional eating is related with temperament but not with stress biomarkers in preschool children., in Appetite, 120, 256-264.
Contralateral Associated Movements Correlate with Inhibitory Control and Selective and Visual Attention in Preschool Children
Kakebeeke TH, Messerli-Bürgy N, Meyer AH, Zysser AE, Stülb K, Leeger-Aschmann CS, Schmutz EA, Arhab A, Puder JJ, Kriemler S, Munsch S, Jenni OG (2017), Contralateral Associated Movements Correlate with Inhibitory Control and Selective and Visual Attention in Preschool Children, in Perceptual and Motor Skills, 885-899.
Impact of age, sex, socioeconomic status, and physical activity on associated movements and motor speed in preschool children
Kakebeeke TH, Zysset AE, Messerli-Bürgy N, Chaouch A, Stülb K, Leeger-Aschmann CS, Schmutz EA, Arhab A, Rousson V, Kriemler S, Munsch S, Puder JJ, Jenni OG (2017), Impact of age, sex, socioeconomic status, and physical activity on associated movements and motor speed in preschool children, in Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 1-12.
Fundamental Movement Skill Interventions in Early Childhood: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Wick Kristin, Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Monn Nico, Radtke Thomas, Ott Laura, Rebholz Cornelia E., Cruz Sergio, Gerber Natalie, Schmutz Einat A., Puder Jardena J., Munsch Simone, Kakebeeke Tanja H., Jenni Oskar G., Granacher Urs, Kriemler Susi (2017), Fundamental Movement Skill Interventions in Early Childhood: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, in Sports Medicine, 1-24.
Relation of heart rate and its variability during sleep with age, physical activity and body composition in young children
Herzig David, Eser Priska, Wenger Alina, Rusterholz Thomas, Wilhelm Matthias, Achermann Peter, Arhab Amar, Jenni Oskar G., Kakebeeke Tanja H., Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Meyer Andrea H., Munsch Simone, Puder Jardena J., Schmutz Einat A., Stülb Kerstin, Zysset Annina E., Kriemler Susi (2017), Relation of heart rate and its variability during sleep with age, physical activity and body composition in young children, in Frontiers Physiology, 8(109), 1-12.
Correlates of preschool children's objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behavior: a cross-sectional analysis of the SPLASHY study
Schmutz Einat A., Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Radtke Thomas, Kakebeeke Tanja H., Zysset Annina E., Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Stülb Kerstin, Meyer Andrea H., Munsch simone, Jenni Oskar G., Puder Jardena J., Kriemler Susi (2017), Correlates of preschool children's objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behavior: a cross-sectional analysis of the SPLASHY study, in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14(1), 1-13.
Regional sociocultural differences as important correlate of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in Swiss preschool children
Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Schmutz Einat A., Radtke Thomas, Kakebeeke Tanja H., Zysset Annina E., Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Stülb Kerstin, Arhab Amar, Meyer Andrea H., Munsch Simone, Jenni Oskar G., Puder Jardena J., Kriemler Susi (2016), Regional sociocultural differences as important correlate of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in Swiss preschool children, in Swiss Med Wkly, 146:w14377, 1-8.
Comparison between the Movement ABC-2 and the Zurich Neuromotor Assessment in preschool children
Kakebeeke TH, Knaier E, Köchli S, Chaouch A, Rousson V, Kriemler S, Jenni OG (2016), Comparison between the Movement ABC-2 and the Zurich Neuromotor Assessment in preschool children, in perceptual and motor skills, 123(3), 687-701.
The Swiss Preschoolers’ health study (SPLASHY): objectives and design of a prospective multi-site cohort study assessing psychological and physiological health in young children
Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Kakebeeke Tanja H., Arhab Amar, Stülb Kerstin, Zysset Annina E., Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Schmutz Einat A., Fares Fady, Meyer Andrea H., Munsch Simone, Kriemler Susi, Jenni Oskar G., Puder Jardena J. (2016), The Swiss Preschoolers’ health study (SPLASHY): objectives and design of a prospective multi-site cohort study assessing psychological and physiological health in young children, in BMC pediatrics, 1-16.
Child Health Care in Switzerland
Jenni OG (2016), Child Health Care in Switzerland, in The Journal of Pediatrics, 1-10.
Impact of physical activity on energy balance, food intake and choice in normal weight and obese children in the setting of acute social stress: A randomized controlled trial
Horsch Antje, Wobmann Marion, Kriemler Susi, Munsch Simone, Borloz Sylvie, Balz Alexandra, Marquez-Vidal Pedro, Borghini Ayala, Puder Jardena J, Impact of physical activity on energy balance, food intake and choice in normal weight and obese children in the setting of acute social stress: A randomized controlled trial, in BMC Pediatrics, 15(12).
The socio-cultural environment as strongest correlate of physical activity in Swiss pre-schoolers: First results of the SPLASHY-Study
Claudia S. Leeger Aschmann, The socio-cultural environment as strongest correlate of physical activity in Swiss pre-schoolers: First results of the SPLASHY-Study, in Swiss Med Wkly.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
A. Grob, University of Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Helge Hebestreit, University of Würzburg, Germany Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Prisca Eser, University Hospital of Berne Switzerland (Europe)
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Urs Granacher, University of Potsdam Germany (Europe)
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
Peter Achermann, University of Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
Matthias Wilhelm, University Hospital of Berne Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Ulrike Ehlert, University of Zürich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Beate Sick, University of Zürich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Nina Heinrichs, University of Bielefeld, Germany Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Tina InAlbon, University of Landau Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
W van Mechelen, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands Netherlands (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Aziz Chaouch, Valentin Rousson, Statistical Unit, Univ Lausanne Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
ICAD Steering Committee Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Moritz Daum, University of Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Exchange of personnel
Silvia Schneider, University of Bochum , Germany Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Preventing Childhood Obesity in Preschoolers Talk given at a conference Europäische Strategie zur Förderung der gesundheitswirksamen körperlichen Aktivität (=HEPA) 26.09.2018 Ryf, Austria Kriemler Susi;
Schweiz „Frühe Kindheit – Blitzlichter aus Forschung, Praxis und Politik Talk given at a conference Der Einfluss von Stress und Bewegung auf die kindliche Entwicklung: das Projekt ‘Splashy’ 28.08.2018 Bern, Switzerland Kriemler Susi;
Pediatric Work Physiology meeting XXX (I) Talk given at a conference Correlates of preschool children’s objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behavior: a crossectional analysis of the SPLASHY study 17.09.2017 Pieria, Greece Schmutz Einat;
Pediatric Work Physiology meeting XXX (II) Talk given at a conference The crux of the cut-point choice for the objective assessment of pre-schoolers’ physical activity 17.09.2017 Pieria, Greece Leeger-Aschmann Claudia;
47th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology Talk given at a conference Associations between Physical Activity and Psychological Health in Swiss Preschool Children 08.09.2017 Zurich, Switzerland Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Schmutz Einat; Kriemler Susi; Arhab Amar; Jenni Oskar Gian; Lanzi Stefano; Stülb Kerstin; Puder Jardena; Zysset Annina; Messerli Nadine; Kakebeeke Tanja; Munsch Simone;
47th Annual Conference of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology Talk given at a conference Age-adapted stress task in preschoolers does not lead to uniform stress responses 08.09.2017 Zürich, Switzerland Kakebeeke Tanja; Puder Jardena; Munsch Simone; Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Schmutz Einat; Messerli Nadine; Kriemler Susi; Jenni Oskar Gian; Zysset Annina; Arhab Amar; Meyer Andrea; Stülb Kerstin;
Annual Meeting of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology Talk given at a conference The relationship of physiological stress measures, behavioral problems and body composition in preschool children 08.09.2017 Zürich, Switzerland Munsch Simone; Jenni Oskar Gian; Arhab Amar; Messerli Nadine; Zysset Annina; Kriemler Susi; Meyer Andrea; Stülb Kerstin; Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Puder Jardena; Schmutz Einat; Kakebeeke Tanja;
15th SPS SGP SSP Conference (Swiss Psychological Society) Talk given at a conference Childcare correlates of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior and Adiposity in Preschool Children (Splashy) 04.09.2017 Lausanne, Switzerland Lanzi Stefano; Jenni Oskar Gian; Munsch Simone; Arhab Amar; Kakebeeke Tanja; Stülb Kerstin; Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Messerli Nadine; Puder Jardena; Kriemler Susi; Zysset Annina; Meyer Andrea; Schmutz Einat;
15th SPS SGP SSP Conference (Swiss Psychological Society) Talk given at a conference Relationship of physiological stress measures, weight problems and behavioral problems in preschool children 04.09.2017 Lausanne, Switzerland Kakebeeke Tanja; Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Schmutz Einat; Zysset Annina; Jenni Oskar Gian; Arhab Amar; Meyer Andrea; Kriemler Susi; Messerli Nadine; Stülb Kerstin; Munsch Simone; Puder Jardena;
15th SPS SGP SSP Conference (Swiss Psychological Society) Talk given at a conference Physiological stress response to an age-adapted stress task in preschoolers and its potential determinants 04.09.2017 Lausanne, Switzerland Zysset Annina; Puder Jardena; Stülb Kerstin; Kriemler Susi; Munsch Simone; Meyer Andrea; Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Arhab Amar; Messerli Nadine; Jenni Oskar Gian; Schmutz Einat; Kakebeeke Tanja;
47th Annual Conference of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology. Talk given at a conference Associated movements and inhibitory control in children between 2 and 6 years are related. 01.09.2017 Zurich, Switzerland Kriemler Susi; Zysset Annina; Arhab Amar; Puder Jardena; Jenni Oskar Gian; Messerli Nadine; Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Meyer Andrea; Stülb Kerstin; Schmutz Einat; Munsch Simone;
15th SPS SGP SSP Conference Talk given at a conference The stability and predictive value of motor skills and cognitive functioning in 2 to 6 year old preschool children: data from SPLASHY 28.08.2017 Lausanne, Switzerland Kakebeeke Tanja; Messerli Nadine; Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Zysset Annina; Puder Jardena; Arhab Amar; Schmutz Einat; Meyer Andrea; Stülb Kerstin; Munsch Simone; Kriemler Susi; Jenni Oskar Gian;
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Congress II Poster Fundamental Movement Skill Interventions in Early Childhood: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis 07.06.2017 Victoria, Canada Leeger-Aschmann Claudia;
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Congress I Talk given at a conference Socio-cultural region as important correlate of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in Swiss pre-schoolers 07.06.2017 Victoria, Canada Leeger-Aschmann Claudia;
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Congress III Poster Childcare correlates of physical activity, sedentary behavior and adiposity in preschool children (SPLASHY) 07.06.2017 Victoria, Canada Arhab Amar;
Swiss Society of Pediatrics Annual Congress III Talk given at a conference SPLASHY: age-adapted stress task in preschoolers does not lead to uniform stress responses 01.06.2017 St.Gallen, Switzerland Stülb Kerstin;
Swiss Society of Pediatrics Annual Congress I Poster Correlates of preschool children’s objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behavior: a cross-sectional analysis of the SPLASHY study 01.06.2017 St.Gallen, Switzerland Kriemler Susi; Schmutz Einat;
Swiss Society of Pediatrics Annual Congress IV Poster Childcare correlates of physical activity, sedentary behavior and adiposity in preschool children (SPLASHY) 01.06.2017 St.Gallen, Switzerland Arhab Amar;
Swiss Society of Pediatrics Annual Congress V Talk given at a conference Regional socio-cultural differences as important correlate of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in Swiss pre-schoolers 01.06.2017 St.Gallen, Switzerland Kriemler Susi; Leeger-Aschmann Claudia;
Swiss Society of Pediatrics Annual Congress II Poster Comparison of parental report and objectively measured fundamental motor skills in preschool children: data from SPLASHY 01.06.2017 St.Gallen, Switzerland Jenni Oskar Gian; Zysset Annina; Kriemler Susi;
SRCD Meeting, Austin, USA Poster Stability and predictive value of motor skills and cognitive functioning in 2 to 6 year old preschool children. 07.04.2017 Austin, United States of America Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Meyer Andrea; Kriemler Susi; Jenni Oskar Gian; Schmutz Einat; Zysset Annina; Messerli Nadine; Stülb Kerstin; Kakebeeke Tanja; Arhab Amar; Puder Jardena; Munsch Simone;
9th SGS/4S Annual Meeting (Sportwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft der Schweiz/Societe Suisse des Sciences du Sport) I Poster Correlates of Preschool Children's Objectively Measured Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior 09.02.2017 Zurich, Switzerland Schmutz Einat;
9th SGS/4S Annual Meeting (Sportwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft der Schweiz/Societe Suisse des Sciences du Sport) II Talk given at a conference Regional sociocultural differences as important correlat of physical activity and sedentary behavior in Swiss preschool children:First result of the SPLASHY study 09.02.2017 Zurich, Switzerland Leeger-Aschmann Claudia;
6th FZK/CRC Retreat, Children's Research Center Poster The influence of body composition on fine and gross motor skills in preschool children 27.10.2016 Au, Switzerland Kriemler Susi; Zysset Annina; Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Stülb Kerstin; Puder Jardena; Messerli Nadine; Kakebeeke Tanja; Jenni Oskar Gian; Munsch Simone; Arhab Amar; Lanzi Stefano; Meyer Andrea; Schmutz Einat;
6th FZK/CRC Retreat, Children's Research Center. Poster The motor skill questionnaire for preschool children (MSQ-P). 27.10.2016 Au, Switzerland Meyer Andrea; Munsch Simone; Stülb Kerstin; Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Messerli Nadine; Puder Jardena; Arhab Amar; Kakebeeke Tanja; Jenni Oskar Gian; Zysset Annina; Kriemler Susi;
6th FZK/CRC Retreat, Children's Research Center Talk given at a conference The stability and predictive value of motor skills and cognitive functioning in 2 to 6 year old preschool children 27.10.2016 Au, Switzerland Kakebeeke Tanja; Stülb Kerstin; Zysset Annina; Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Meyer Andrea; Munsch Simone; Kriemler Susi; Puder Jardena; Jenni Oskar Gian; Schmutz Einat; Messerli Nadine; Arhab Amar;
Symposium Fribourg Talk given at a conference Stress reactivity in preschool children 21.09.2016 Fribourg, Switzerland Stülb Kerstin; Munsch Simone;
Conference of The European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies EABCT Talk given at a conference Is emotional eating related to emotionality and biological stress response? 31.08.2016 Stockholm, Sweden Munsch Simone; Stülb Kerstin; Messerli Nadine;
Conference of the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies EABCT Talk given at a conference The relation of stress reactivity, behavioral problems and temperament in preschool children 31.08.2016 Stockholm, Sweden Stülb Kerstin; Munsch Simone; Messerli Nadine;
Conference of The European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies EABCT Talk given at a conference The relationship of early regulatory problems, stress exposure and behavioral problems in healthy children at preschool age 31.08.2016 Stockholm, Sweden Munsch Simone; Messerli Nadine; Stülb Kerstin;
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie Poster Age differences in the relationship between motor and cognitive skills in Swiss preschool children 17.08.2016 Basel, Switzerland Kakebeeke Tanja; Arhab Amar; Messerli Nadine; Kriemler Susi; Schmutz Einat; Stülb Kerstin; Puder Jardena; Meyer Andrea; Jenni Oskar Gian; Munsch Simone; Zysset Annina;
Forum of Neuroscience Poster Associated movements and inhibitory control in typically developing children in the Swiss Preschoolers’ Health Study 02.07.2016 Copenhagen, Denmark Kriemler Susi; Puder Jardena; Kakebeeke Tanja; Jenni Oskar Gian; Schmutz Einat; Meyer Andrea; Stülb Kerstin; Munsch Simone; Arhab Amar; Zysset Annina; Messerli Nadine;
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Congress II Poster Correlations between chronic stress and cognitive functioning in preschoolers? 08.06.2016 Cape Town, South Africa Leeger-Aschmann Claudia;
15th International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity meeting (II) Poster Correlations between chronic stress and cognitive functioning in preschoolers? 08.06.2016 Cape Town, South Africa Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Kriemler Susi;
15th International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity meeting (I) Poster Assessment of physical activity in preschoolers by accelerometry: The choice of epoch length and number of axis is crucial! 08.06.2016 Cape Town, South Africa Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Kriemler Susi;
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Congress I Poster Assessment of physical activity in preschoolers by accelerometry: The choice of epoch length and number of axis is crucial! 08.06.2016 Cape Town, South Africa Leeger-Aschmann Claudia;
European Obesity Summit Talk given at a conference Physical activity is inversely associated with body fat but not with BMI in preschool children (SPLASHY) 01.06.2016 Gothenburg, Sweden Arhab Amar; Puder Jardena; Messerli Nadine;
European Obesity Summit Poster The impact of the childcare environment on physical activity and BMI in preschool children (SPLASHY) 01.06.2016 Gothenburg, Sweden Arhab Amar; Puder Jardena;
63rd Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine Poster Correlates of Preschool Children's Objectively Measured Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior 31.05.2016 Boston, United States of America Schmutz Einat;
63rd Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine Poster Correlates of preschool children’s objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behavior 31.05.2016 Boston, United States of America Schmutz Einat; Kriemler Susi;
Journée de recherche du Département Médico-chirugical de Pédiatrie Talk given at a conference Physical activity is associated with body fat but not with BMI, in preschool children 04.02.2016 CHUV, Lausanne, Switzerland Puder Jardena; Arhab Amar; Messerli Nadine;
Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society of Endocrinology and Diabetes Talk given at a conference The influence of stress exposure on salivary cortisol, salivary alpha amylase and body composition in preschool children 12.11.2015 Bern, Switzerland Messerli Nadine; Puder Jardena; Arhab Amar;
Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society of Endocrinology and Diabetes Poster In preschool children, physical activity is associated with body fat but not with BMI 12.11.2015 Bern, Switzerland Arhab Amar; Puder Jardena; Messerli Nadine;
5th Research Symposium, Children Research Center I Poster The socio-cultural environment as strongest correlate of physical activity in Swiss pre-schoolers: First results of the SPLASHY-Study 29.10.2015 Zürich, Switzerland Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Kriemler Susi;
5th Research Symposium, Children Research Center II Poster The “SPLASHY HOPP’s” pilot intervention: Effect of a physical activity program on motor skills of preschoolers 29.10.2015 Zurich, Switzerland Kriemler Susi;
5th FZK/CRC Retreat, Children's Research Center. Poster Age differences in the relationship between motor skills and cognitive functioning in Swiss preschool children 26.10.2015 Au, Switzerland Kriemler Susi; Kakebeeke Tanja; Stülb Kerstin; Arhab Amar; Messerli Nadine; Schmutz Einat; Puder Jardena; Zysset Annina; Jenni Oskar Gian; Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Meyer Andrea; Munsch Simone;
Schweizer Sportmedizin Kogress, Schweizer Gesellschaft für Sportmedizin Poster Accelerometer assessment of physical acticity in preschoolers: direction of movement analysis and time intervals of measurement matter 22.10.2015 Tenero, Switzerland Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Kriemler Susi;
Schweizer Sportmedizin Kongress Poster Accerelometer assessment of physical activity in preschoolers: direction of movement analysis and time intervals of measurement matter 22.10.2015 Tenero, Switzerland Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Kriemler Susi;
Journée de recherché du département médicine I Poster The influence of life events and daily hassles on physiological stress response and body composition in preschool children 16.09.2015 Lausanne, Switzerland Puder Jardena; Arhab Amar; Messerli Nadine;
Journée de recherché du département médicine II Poster In young children, physical activity is associated with body fat but not with BMI 16.09.2015 Lausanne, Switzerland Arhab Amar; Puder Jardena; Messerli Nadine;
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sportmedizin Talk given at a conference Physical exercise: how does it work and what works 10.09.2015 Frankfurt, Germany Kriemler Susi;
Pediatric Work Physiology, Utrecht, Netherlands I Talk given at a conference The socio-cultural environment as strongest correlate of physical activity in Swiss pre-schoolers: first results of the SPLASHY-Study 09.09.2015 Utrecht, Netherlands Leeger-Aschmann Claudia;
Pediatric Work Physiology, Utrecht, Netherlands II Poster In young children, physical activity is associated with body fat but not with BMI 09.09.2015 Utrecht, Netherlands Arhab Amar; Messerli Nadine; Puder Jardena;
International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE) Annual Conference Poster The influence of stress exposure on physiological stress responses and body composition in preschool children 08.09.2015 Edinburgh, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Messerli Nadine; Puder Jardena;
European College of Sports Science Talk given at a conference Physical activity interventions in school: what works and what doesn't 24.06.2015 Malmö, Sweden Kriemler Susi;
Workshopkongress für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie II Talk given at a conference The influence of child`s temperament and behavior problems on acute stress reactivity in preschool children 13.05.2015 Dresden, Germany Munsch Simone; Stülb Kerstin; Messerli Nadine;
Workshopkongress für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie I Talk given at a conference The association of expressed emotions within families and stress response of preschool children 13.05.2015 Dresden, Germany Stülb Kerstin; Messerli Nadine; Munsch Simone;
6th Research Symposium of the Child Development Center Talk given at a conference SPLASHY - the Swiss Preschoolers' Health Study 15.01.2015 Au, Switzerland Puder Jardena;
6th Research Symposium of the Child Development Center Talk given at a conference The evolutions of associated movements in children between 3 to 5 15.01.2015 Au, Switzerland Meyer Andrea; Jenni Oskar Gian; Munsch Simone; Messerli Nadine; Stülb Kerstin; Puder Jardena; Kakebeeke Tanja; Arhab Amar; Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Kriemler Susi; Zysset Annina;
6th Research Symposium of the Child Development Center Individual talk Relationship between motor skills and cognitive functioning in children 15.01.2015 Au, Switzerland Kriemler Susi; Zysset Annina; Jenni Oskar Gian; Arhab Amar; Leeger-Aschmann Claudia; Stülb Kerstin; Messerli Nadine; Puder Jardena; Meyer Andrea; Kakebeeke Tanja; Munsch Simone;
6th Research Symposium of the Child Development Center III Talk given at a conference The influence of psychological well being on acute stress reactivity in preschool children 13.01.2015 Zurich, Switzerland Messerli Nadine; Stülb Kerstin; Munsch Simone;
Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Pädiatrische Sportmedizin Talk given at a conference SPLASHY: Zusammenhang zwischen Verhaltensauffälligkeiten, Temperament und Stressreaktivität 13.01.2015 Zurich, Switzerland Munsch Simone; Stülb Kerstin;
6th Research Symposium of the Child Development Center II Talk given at a conference The relationship of physical activity, motor skills and psychological well being 13.01.2015 Zurich, Switzerland Messerli Nadine; Munsch Simone; Stülb Kerstin;
6th Research Symposium of the Child Development Center VII Talk given at a conference Physical activity and health in preschoolers – What is known and how can we do better? 13.01.2015 Zürich, Au, Switzerland Kriemler Susi; Leeger-Aschmann Claudia;
6th Research Symposium, Child Development Center V Talk given at a conference The relationship of life events, physiological stress responses and obesity in preschoolers 13.01.2015 Zurich, Au, Switzerland Puder Jardena; Arhab Amar; Messerli Nadine;
6th Research Symposium, Child Development Center VI Talk given at a conference The relationship between physical activity and chronic stress in preschoolers 13.01.2015 Zürich, Au, Switzerland Kriemler Susi; Rebholz Cornelia Eva;
6th Research Symposium, Child Development Center IV Talk given at a conference The relationship of total intense physical activity and different measures of body fat in preschoolers 13.01.2015 Zurich, Au, Switzerland Arhab Amar; Puder Jardena; Messerli Nadine;
Exercise is Medicine Europe Meeting Talk given at a conference Importance of physical activity of preschool children 15.09.2014 Budapest, Hungary Rebholz Cornelia Eva;
4th SPR Methods Workshop for Early Career Researchers at the university of Trier Individual talk Discussion the topics of the themes 25.08.2014 Trier, Germany Stülb Kerstin;
Lead of Poster session Poster Importance of physical activity of preschool children 26.07.2014 Zürich, Switzerland Kriemler Susi;
Five Minutes Speech Sample (FMSS) research meeting at the symposium of the DGPS professional group for clinical psychology and psychotherapy Individual talk Discussion the topics 28.05.2014 Braunschweig, Germany Stülb Kerstin;
Summit of Active Healthy Kids Canada Poster o Socio-cultural differences of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in youth are independent of the environment; 2. o Reactivity to Accelerometer Measurement of Children and Adolescents 19.05.2014 Toronto, Canada Kriemler Susi;
International Conference of Physical Activity and Health Talk given at a conference o Long-term effect of a school-based physical activity program on fitness and adiposity in primary school children: a cluster-RCT; 2. Validation of different accelerometers to determine mechanical loading in children 09.04.2014 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Kriemler Susi;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Symposium "Splashy" at the Annual Meeting fo the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology 08.09.2017 Zürich, Switzerland
Symposium "First findings of the Swiss Preschoolers' Health Study" 04.09.2017 Lausanne, Switzerland
Der Gesundheit auf der Spur; Tag der offenen Tür des Instituts für Epidemiologie, Biostatistik und Prävention, UZH 06.06.2015 Zurich, Switzerland
Training of one PhD in the PhD Life Science Program of the University of Zürich 01.03.2015 Zurich, Switzerland
Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Pädiatrische Sportmedizin, Universität Zürich, Symposium about preliminary results of the Splashy study 27.02.2015 Zurich University, Switzerland
Training of Neuroges Coding System 10.02.2015 Köln, Germany
6th Research Symposium of the Child Development Center, organized by Pr Jenni I 13.01.2015 Tagungszentrum Au, Switzerland
Physical activity in preschoolers 24.10.2014 Zürich, Switzerland
Training of Five Minutes Speech Sample (FMSS) 17.06.2014 Fribourg, Switzerland
Test methods of the SINERGIA project 27.01.2014 Zürich, Switzerland
Biological stress measures 27.01.2014 Zurich , Switzerland
- Biological stress measures: Training with expert (Prof Dr. U. Ehlert, Dept. of Psychology, University of Zurich 27.01.2014 Zurich, Switzerland
Training of Neuroges coding system 12.12.2013 Fribourg, Switzerland
Research colloquium, Child Development Center, The equilibrium length hypothesis 02.12.2013 Zürich, Switzerland
Training of one PhD in the PhD Life Science Program of the University of Zürich 01.10.2013 Zurich, Switzerland

Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Improving cardio-metabolic and mental health in women with gestational diabetes mellitus and their offspring Talk 12.12.2016 Lausanne, Switzerland Puder Jardena;
Heart rate variability Workshop 23.09.2016 Bern, Switzerland Messerli Nadine;
Cours "Promotion de la santé II - ISSUL" Performances, exhibitions (e.g. for education institutions) 22.09.2016 ISSUL, Lausanne, Switzerland Puder Jardena; Arhab Amar;
Repeated Discussions with ICAD Collaborators Performances, exhibitions (e.g. for education institutions) 13.07.2016 Skype, Switzerland Puder Jardena; Kriemler Susi;
Early risk factors of childhood obesity Talk 26.05.2016 Lausanne, Switzerland Puder Jardena;
Gestational diabetes and programming of childhood obesity Talk 19.05.2016 Lausanne, Switzerland Puder Jardena;
Diabetes, pregnancy and early programming of childhood obesity Talk 21.11.2015 Sion , Switzerland Puder Jardena;
Rencontre des psychologues scolaires: Les troubles du comportement alimentaire chez les adolescents: les nouveautés sur les facteurs de risque et le diagnostic Workshop 05.11.2015 Fribourg, Switzerland Messerli Nadine;
Fortbildungsanlass und Treffen der Fachgruppe Gesundheitsförderung, Public Health Talk 25.06.2015 Olten, Switzerland Messerli Nadine;
Presentation of the research at the lunch colloquium of the Children’s Hospital Talk 31.03.2015 Lausanne, Switzerland Puder Jardena; Messerli Nadine;
- “Lifestyle behavior, environment and mental and metabolic health throughout a lifespan”, Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (“DOHaD”) meeting, Colloquium of the Pediatrics Department Talk 12.03.2015 Lausanne, Switzerland Puder Jardena;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
open door day of the EBPI, University of Zurich. Splashy study presented to the Public by posters and parcours demonstrating the aim and scope of the study. 06.06.2015 Zurich, Switzerland
symposium for childcare personnel of the province of Zürich (in the scope of the annual meeting of the society for pediatric sports medicine (GPS)). All childcares within the province of Zürich and all Splashy childcares were invited and could participate 27.02.2015 Zurich, Switzerland

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Talks/events/exhibitions Gestational diabetes & pediatric obesity, German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Talks/events/exhibitions Lecture "Promotion de la santé II - ISSUL" Western Switzerland 2017
Media relations: print media, online media L'obésité chez les adolescents et l'obésité sévère sont en hausse Le matin dimanche Western Switzerland 2017
Talks/events/exhibitions Collegium generale, Collegium generale, University of Bern, on “In aller Munde: Essen und Ernährung" German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland 2016
Talks/events/exhibitions Cours "Promotion de la santé II - ISSUL" Western Switzerland 2016
Talks/events/exhibitions Das Lehren von komplexen Bewegungen German-speaking Switzerland 2016
Talks/events/exhibitions Early risk factors of childhood obesity Western Switzerland 2016
Talks/events/exhibitions Gestational diabetes and programming of childhood obesity Western Switzerland 2016
Talks/events/exhibitions Motor development in children German-speaking Switzerland 2016
Talks/events/exhibitions Preventing childhood obesity in offspring of women with gestational diabetes mellitus Western Switzerland 2016
Talks/events/exhibitions Diabetes, pregnancy and early programming of childhood obesity Western Switzerland 2015
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Grundlagenbericht - Chapter: Interaktion von psychischer und physischer Gesundheit Rhaeto-Romanic Switzerland Italian-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Newsletter Splashy: First results Newsletter German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland 2015
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Strategien genügen nicht, Handeln ist angesagt Rhaeto-Romanic Switzerland Italian-speaking Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions - « Pediatric Obesity », 13th Post ADA/Endocrine Symposium, Postgraduate seminar for endocrinologist Western Switzerland 2014
Talks/events/exhibitions - Facteurs de risques de l’obésité chez l’enfant et l’adolescent/Etude Splashy Western Switzerland 2014
Talks/events/exhibitions 32th symposium of the DGPs professional group for clinical psychology and psychotherapy in Braunsc International 2014
Other activities ISCCTN Register International 2014
Talks/events/exhibitions Symposium de la Division d’Endocrinologie, Diabétologie et Obésité pédiatrique DMCP CHUV Western Switzerland 2014
Media relations: print media, online media Bewegung, Stress und Wohlbefinden Universitas, Universität Fribourg Western Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media Einfluss von Sport und Stress auf die körperliche und psychische Entwicklung von Kindern in der Schw Universitas Western Switzerland 2013
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) website Splashy (update) Website: www.splashy.ch Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland International 2013

Awards

Title Year
Award for excellence in clinical research of the biological and medical faculty of the University of Lausanne (“FBM Award - Prix d'excellence en recherche clinique 2015

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
153273 Developmental coordination disorder in children: towards a more precise evaluation of the clinical picture and the underlying mechanisms 01.10.2014 Project funding (Div. I-III)
176119 Improving metabolic and mental health in women with gestational diabetes and their offspring 01.11.2017 Project funding (Div. I-III)
170503 Children’s stress regulation capacity and mental health: the influence of parental factors and stress exposure 01.11.2017 SNSF Professorships

Abstract

Summary of the research plan Improving children’s overall health is a major goal for researchers, practitioners and policy makers. Health includes psychological and physiological health and can be summarized as the child’s thinking, feeling, behaving, eating, growing and moving in an optimal way, particularly under challenging conditions. In today’s modern environment, stress and lack of physical activity (PA) are thought to represent two significant health challenges, but prospective evidence for young children is scarce. The overall goal of this interdisciplinary project is to study how stress (as a potentially health challenging predictor) and/or PA (as a potentially health promoting predictor) influence children’s psychological and physiological health. The following key question will be studied in initially 3-5 year old children: “How do stress and/or PA relate to four essential children’s health outcomes: cognitive functioning, psychological well-being, adiposity and motor skills”? As measures of stress, we will assess environmental stressors in the acute and chronic setting and resulting psychological and physiologic (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the autonomic nervous system) changes that may lead to health disturbances or disease when exceeding the child’s adaptive capacity (allostasis). We will specifically consider the moderating role of individual child (e.g., lifestyle, temperament, self- and emotion regulation) and environmental (e.g., family, child care, large sociocultural environment) characteristics as well as possible vulnerable time points. To achieve these interdisciplinary goals, four research groups at four sites (Universities of Basel, Fribourg, Lausanne and Zurich) provide their expertise for the main four outcomes: cognitive functioning (SK with expert consultant A. Grob), psychological well-being including mood, adaptive behavior and eating behavior (SM with expert consultant S. Schneider), adiposity (JP) and motor skills (OJ, SK). Concerning the predictors and moderators, SM provides her expertise in the psychological aspects of stress, psychological child characteristics such as temperament, self- and emotion regulation, JP & BP with expert consultant U. Ehlert contribute to the aspects of the physiological stress responses, while SK provides her expertise in PA and PMV his expertise in epidemiology. The four research groups will study the same population (1150 children between 3-5 years old from a total of 96 child care centers - 24 child care centers per site - will be recruited) at baseline and one year later, and an additional follow-up is planned. Bringing these research groups together allows creating a large and representative population of children in Switzerland. Two research groups will additionally study the effects of a PA intervention in smaller cohorts of children (Universities of Basel & Zurich). The project provides an opportunity to study children from two sociocultural diverse regions in Switzerland (German and French speaking part) and brings researchers and trainees from both regions together. Under supervision of the applicants, trainees will be responsible for the investigation of all interdisciplinary measures. This project will have major relevance, as the effect of stress and of objectively measured PA on both psychological and physiological health have not been studied in depth in large populations of young children, despite their striking clinical relevance on health and disease in adults. The lack of a current project investigating children’s health in Switzerland contrasts with the need for a global assessment of children’s health for research, practice and policies and thus as a basis for targeted prevention and early intervention. In conclusion, this project will provide relevant findings in a population that is poorly studied and whose results may also have translational importance for education, society and politics.
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