HEAL Project-Finland

AI-driven gamified intervention to foster health equity for the life of children

All children should have equal opportunities to a healthy life and future. However, they are prone to health inequalities due to diverse disparities and unequal provision of holistic health support. The holistic health of children is affected by interconnected factors such as nutrition, physical activity levels, sleep quality, and psychosocial health. Global progress in these health domains has been slow and largely due to lack of awareness and investment. These health domains significantly affect our children’s lives and growth.

The HEAL Project is an international collaboration of Higher Education Institutions led by the University of Turku (Finland) in partnership with Uppsala University (Sweden), the University of Lleida (Spain), the University of Tartu (Estonia), Beijing University (China), and Çankırı Karatekin University (Turkey). Our ultimate goal is to foster health equity of children ages 6 to 13 years old through the combination of engaging gamification mechanics and state-of-the-art artificial intelligence techniques.

Principal Investigator: 

Anni Pakarinen PhD, MHSc, RN

Department of Nursing Science Research Manager


Project Members (UTU):

Tuomas Mäkilä, Assistant Professor, Software Engineering

Jouni Smed,  Docent, Department of Computing, Software Engineering

Kaile Kubota, MHSc, MSN, RN, Doctoral Researcher

Annika Nordberg, MHSc, RN, Doctoral Researcher

Yaw Opoku Agyei-Mensah, RN, MHSc Student

Salla Nyrönen, RN, MHSc Student

Survey study in schools 2022-2023

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