Health and Well-Being Promotion

The Health Promotion Unit:

  • researches and promotes healthy and sustainable lifestyles, social welfare and safety among the population
  • assesses, develops and researches measures, policies and the service system aimed at promoting health and welfare and reducing health and welfare harms
  • acts as the national and international specialist for the promotion of welfare, health and safety, and supports the related work of professionals, municipalities and regions.

Our work includes:

  • Supporting and coordinating the implementation of national programmes such as the Government resolution on Promoting Well-Being, Health and Safety, the Target Programme for the Prevention of Home and Leisure Injuries, and the Action Plan for the Prevention of Violence against Children.
  • Supporting and developing local and regional activities and management systems for promoting health, safety and well-being, including the Healthy Cities network.
  • Developing the information system for assessment and publication of practices aimed at promoting health, safety and well-being. 
  • Administration of national appropriations for health promotion.  
  • Research, development and expert work regarding alcohol, drugs and tobacco products and the related policies, prevention work and service system.
  • National development, guidance and monitoring of substance use prevention as well as support and coordination for the implementation of the action plan for substance use prevention.
  • Monitoring and researching gambling-related problems and developing prevention and treatment work.
  • Expertise and coordination of the monitoring and research of gambling-related problems and the development of prevention and treatment work.
  • Development and implementation of food and nutrition policy.
  • Research into healthy, safe, and environmentally friendly diets and food systems.
  • National and international duties related to expert work, official activities and research.
  • Monitoring of obesity and research work and expert work aimed at obesity prevention.
  • Development of research and intervention procedures and indicators for food consumption and nutrition of pregnant and lactating women, their spouses, and children and young people.
  • Promotion of good nutrition for children and mothers and research into the connections between nutrition and immune-mediated diseases and obesity in children.

Unit teams

  • Best Practices and Networks
  • Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco
  • Gambling Harm
  • Food, Nutrition and Health

Contact details

Anne Lounamaa
Head of Unit
tel. +358 29 524 8436
e-mail: [email protected]

Postal address
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
Health and Well-Being Promotion Unit
Po Box 30
FI-00271 Helsinki, Finland