The Swedish Crown Princess Couple's Foundation supports Active school transports

Published: 24 November 2017

The Active School Transport Project is one of four projects awarded for the first time from the Crown Princess Couple Foundation. Each year, the Foundation allocates funding for projects that promote good health and strengthened community among young people and children in Sweden.

– It feels great that we receive a contribution from the Crown Princess Couple Foundation. It will enable us to continue developing the project and to disseminate good experiences and inspire more to follow, says Anna-Karin Lindqvist, physiotherapy scientist at Luleå University of Technology.

A total of thirteen projects have been awarded, nine of which have continoued funding. The purpose of the foundation is that all children should grow up to safe and strong individuals with a positive future trust regardless of the conditions. With the help of the expert council, projects are selected that create a positive change in society.

Increases children's physical activity

The active school transport project is based on gamification, participation and integration in learning, which proved successful in a successful pilot project.

30 years ago, 90 percent of the children walked to school  but has declined to 50 percent today.
– Using gamification and participation, we have carried out a successful pilot project for children in grade 1. The project increased children's physical activity and made it possible to integrate learning in a playful way, says Stina Rutberg, Senior Lecturer in Physical Therapy at Luleå University of Technology.

In addition to the development of the children's knowledge and strengthening their self-esteem, classroom cohesion was promoted and the psychosocial environment improved. In addition, the attitude of the parents changed, their confidence in the children's ability to safely go cycling to school increased.

Contact

Anna-Karin Lindqvist

Anna-Karin Lindqvist, Senior Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)920 493986
Organization: Physiotherapy, Health and Rehabilitation, Department of Health Sciences
Stina Rutberg

Stina Rutberg, Senior Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)920 493225
Organization: Physiotherapy, Health and Rehabilitation, Department of Health Sciences

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