Coordinator of Health and Welfare Promotion of the City of Seinäjoki since 2015

Ulla Frantti-Malinen is coordinator of Health and Welfare Promotion of the City of Seinäjoki since 2015. She has a Master's Degree in Health Promotion and a Master in Nursing Degree. Work experience since 1980 in social and health care, municipalities and health promotion programs. Specialty has been project and development duties since 2002. Leading the Health and Welfare Promotion Unit and the Overcoming Obesity Programme of the City of Seinäjoki, Finland.

City of Seinäjoki has 63 000 inhabitants and it is located in southern Ostrobothnia in Finland. In 2013 City of Seinäjoki set the target to reduce obesity and overweight among children and young people. Obesity and obesity related diseases are national health problems in Finland, and the rate of overweight children has multiplied over the past decades. The target is to decrease the amount of children and young people who could become obese in adulthood preventing obesity related diseases at their later age. The goal is to promote healthy changes in lifestyle of children and families with the help of lifestyle guidance, nutrition and exercising. Well-being targets of the City of Seinäjoki bind all sectors, and reduction of obesity and overweight is the common target for the whole city. Programme of the City of Seinäjoki is a good example of Health in All Policies approach. The Programme is based on the National Obesity Programme 2012–2018, coordinated by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (

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