Indeform, UAB implements EU - funded project "Creation of Interactive Educational Platform for the Promotion of Children's Health"



The posture of preschool children is a relevant social problem and sight of the growing interest of researchers (Steel et al., 2003). As posture is formed during the preschool period, taking into account the peculiarities of fine motor skills, optimal movement function can be ensured in a timely manner (Rodger et al., 2010 ). Musculoskeletal disorders are a particular problem and are commonly found across children aged 5 to 7 years (Daniuseviciute-Brazaite, 2019). Many researchers believe that children of this age should have targeted physiotherapy programs as a preventative measure - to prevent posture and fine motor disorders (Dobbins et al., 2009).

In order to solve the problem of irregular posture of the preschool children, Indeform, UAB implements the project "Creation of Interactive Educational Platform for the Promotion of Children's Health". The project duration is 24 months, project value - 249912,079 EUR. The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

The goal of the project is to create a platform of interactive educational games (game programs) to promote physical activity of children through the combination of simple and complex movements into 10 animated exercise programs. According to researchers, the world of interactive video games is an effective tool for being physically active (Macanovic et al., 2010). Persons can be physically active through the animated games by dancing, fighting, meditating, driving a boat or saving the world (Trout, 2007). The platform of interactive educational games created by Indeform, UAB will be attractive for coaches, PE teachers, physiotherapists, fitness club instructors or individuals as a unique and creative way of teaching or prevention. The interactive education platform will help to organize non-formal physical education more effectively. It will provide guidelines for responsible institutions on how to purposefully form physical activity promotion policies and improve child health indicators for preschool children, carry out science-based interventions, apply effective health-promoting educational programs, guide educators, parents, and non-formal physical education professionals.