SPLASHY -
Swiss Preschooler‘s Health Study

Pilot Study

This study focusses on typically developing preschool children that may profit of an intervention aiming at increasing fundamental movement skills. We are especially interested to test whether younger children may profit more than older children which would request even earler Public Health interventions. As efficacy has never been tested in Switzerland, we run a pilot project to test feasibility and define the sample size needed.

For more information and to participate please visit the project page.

Observational Study

Improving children’s overall health is a major goal for researchers, practitioners and policy makers. Health includes psychological and physiological health and can be summarized as the child’s thinking, feeling, behaving, eating, growing, and moving in an optimal way, particularly under challenging conditions. In today’s modern environment, stress and lack of physical activity (PA) are thought to represent two significant health challenges, but prospective evidence for young children is scarce. The overall goal of this interdisciplinary project is to study how stress (as a potentially health challenging predictor) and/or PA (as a potentially health promoting predictor) influence children’s psychological and physiological health.

For more information and to participate please visit the project page.

Output

  • Impact of physical activity on energy balance, food intake and choice in normal weight and obese children in the setting of acute social stress: A randomized controlled trial
    Horsch A, Wobmann M, Kriemler S, Munsch S, Borloz S, Balz A, Marques-Vidal P, Borghini A, Puder JJ.
    BMC Pediatrics 15:12 doi:10.1186/s12887-015-0326-7, 2015.
  • The Swiss Preschoolers' Health Study (SPLASHY): Objectives and design of a prospective multi-site cohort study assessing psychological and physiological health in young children.
    Messerli-Bürgy N; Kakebeeke TH; Arhab A; Stülb K; Zysset A; Leeger-Aschmann CS; Schmutz EA; Fares F; Meyer AH; Munsch S; Kriemler S; Jenni OG; Puder JJ.
    BMC Pediatrics, 8;16:85, 2016. doi: 10.1186/s12887-016-0617-7
  • Comparison between the Movement ABC-2 and the Zurich Neuromotor Assessment in preschool children.
    Kakebeeke, T., Knaier, E., Köchli, S., Chaouch, A., Rousson, V., Kriemler, S. & Jenni, O. G.
    Perceptual and Motor Skills, 123(3), 687-701, 2016, doi: 10.1177/0031512516664991
  • Regional sociocultural differences as important correlate of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in Swiss preschool children.
    Leeger-Aschmann CS; Schmutz EA; Radtke T, Kakebeeke TH; Zysset AE; Messerli-Bürgy N; Stülb K; Arhab A, Meyer AH, Munsch S, Jenni OG, Puder JJ, Kriemler S.
    SMW 2016 doi:10.4414/smw.2016.14377.
  • Correlates of preschool children's objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behavior: a cross-sectional analysis of the SPLASHY study.
    Schmutz EA, Leeger-Aschmann CS, Radtke T, Muff, S, Kakebeeke T, Zysset A, Messerli-Bürgy N, Stülb K, Meyer A, Arhab A, Munsch S, Jenni OG, Puder JJ, Kriemler S.
    International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2017. doi: 10.1186/s12966-016-0456-9.
  • Relation of heart rate and its variability during sleep with age, physical activity and body composition in young children.
    Herzig D, Eser P, Radtke T, Wenger A, Rusterholz T, Wilhelm M, Achermann P, Arhab A, Jenni OG, Kakebeeke T, Leeger-Aschmann C, Messerli-Bürgy N, Meyer AH, Munsch S, Puder JJ, Schmutz E, Stülb K, Zysset A, Kriemler S.
    Frontiers Physiology 2017, doi: 10.3389/fphys.2017.00109.
  • Association between body composition and motor performance in preschool children.
    Kakebeeke TH*, Lanzi S*, Zysset AE, Arhab A, Messerli-Bürgy N, Stülb K, Leeger-Aschmann CS, Schmutz EA, Meyer AH, Kriemler S, Munsch S, Jenni OG*, Puder JJ*
    Obesity Facts, 2017, in press. (*shared first and last authors)
  • Fundamental Movement Skill Interventions in Early Childhood: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
    Wick K*, Leeger-Aschmann C*, Monn N, Radtke T, Ott L, Rebholz C, Cruz S, Gerber N, Schmutz E, Puder J, Munsch S, Kakebeeke T, Jenni O, Granacher U*, Kriemler S*.
    Sports Medicine, 2017, doi: 10.1007/s40279-017-0723-1 (*shared first and last authors)
  • Impact of age, sex, socio-economic status and physical activity on associated movements and motor speed in preschool children.
    Kakebeeke, T.H., Zysset, A.E., Messerli-Bürgy, N., Chaouch, A., Stülb, K., Leeger-Aschmann, C.S., Schmutz, E.A., Arhab, A., Rousson, V., Kriemler, S., Munsch, S., Puder, J.J., Jenni, O.G.
    Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 2017, doi: 10.1080/13803395.2017.1321107
  • Contralateral Associated Movements Correlate with Inhibitory Control, and Selective and Visual Attention in Preschool Children.
    Kakebeeke, T. H. *, Messerli-Bürgy*, N., Meyer, A. H., Zysset, A. E., Stülb, K., Leeger-Aschmann, C. S., Schmutz, E. A., Arhab, A., Puder, J. J., Kriemler, S., Munsch*, S., Jenni*, O. G.
    Perceptual and Motor Skills, 2017. doi: 10.1177/0031512517719190 (*shared first or last authors)
  • Emotional eating is related with temperament but not with stress biomarkers in preschool children.
    Nadine Messerli-Bürgy, Kerstin Stülb, Tanja H. Kakebeeke, Amar Arhab, Annina E. Zysset, Claudia S. Leeger-Aschmann, Einat A. Schmutz, Andrea H. Meyer, Ulrike Ehlert, David Garcia-Burgos, Susi Kriemler*, Oskar G. Jenni*, Jardena J. Puder*, Simone Munsch*
    Appetite, 2018. (*shared last authors). doi : 10.1016/j.appet.2017.08.032
  • Association of physical activity with adiposity in preschoolers using clinical adiposity measures: a cross-sectional study.
    Amar Arhab, Nadine Messerli-Bürgy, Tanja H. Kakebeeke, Kerstin Stülb, Annina E. Zysset, Claudia S. Leeger-Aschmann, Einat A. Schmutz, Andrea H. Meyer, Simone Munsch*, Susi Kriemler*, Oskar G. Jenni*, Jardena J. Puder*.
    BMC Pediatrics, 3rd revision re-submitted 09.2018 (*shared last authors)
  • Childcare correlates of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and adiposity in preschool children: a cross-sectional analysis of the SPLASHY study.
    Amar Arhab, Nadine Messerli-Bürgy, Tanja H. Kakebeeke, Stefano Lanzi, Kerstin Stülb, Annina E. Zysset, Claudia S. Leeger-Aschmann, Einat A. Schmutz, Andrea H. Meyer, Simone Munsch*, Susi Kriemler*, Oskar G. Jenni*, Jardena J. Puder*.
    Journal of Environmental and Public Health, revision submitted 09.2018 (*shared last authors)
  • Influence of acute physical activity on stress reactivity in obese and normal weight children: A randomized controlled trial.
    Nadine Messerli-Bürgy*, Antje Horsch*, Christian Schindler, Anaelle Boichat, Susi Kriemler, Simone Munsch, Bertrand Crottet, Pedro Marques-Vidal, Ayala Borghini, Jardena J. Puder.
    Obesity Facts, submitted 07.2017, revision submitted 05.2018 (*shared first authors)
  • Stability and prediction of motor performance and cognitive functioning in preschoolers: a latent variable approach.
    Annina E. Zysset, Tanja H. Kakebeeke, Nadine Messerli-Bürgy, Andrea H. Meyer, Kerstin Stülb, Amar Arhab, Claudia S. Leeger-Aschmann, Einat A. Schmutz, Susi Kriemler*, Jardena J. Puder*, Simone Munsch*, Oskar G. Jenni*.
    Infant and Child Development, resubmitted, second round 04.2018 (*shared last authors)
  • The validity of parental reports on motor skills performance level in preschool children: A comparison with a standardized motor test.
    Annina E. Zysset, Tanja H. Kakebeeke, Nadine Messerli-Bürgy, Andrea H. Meyer, Kerstin Stülb, Amar Arhab, Claudia S. Leeger-Aschmann, Einat A. Schmutz, Valentina Ferrazzini, Susi Kriemler*, Jardena J. Puder*, Simone Munsch*, Oskar G. Jenni*.
    Eur J Pediatr. 2018;177(5):715-722 (*shared last authors)
  • Predictors of Executive Functions in Preschoolers: Findings from the SPLASHY study.
    Annina E. Zysset, Tanja H. Kakebeeke, Nadine Messerli-Bürgy, Andrea H. Meyer, Kerstin Stülb, Claudia S. Leeger-Aschmann, Einat A. Schmutz, Amar Arhab, Jardena J. Puder*, Susi Kriemler*, Simone Munsch*, Oskar G. Jenni*.
    Frontiers in Psychology. Resubmitted, 3rd round, 1.9.2018 (*shared last authors)
  • The crux of accelerometer-derived physical activity assessment – are we ready for physical activity guidelines in preschoolers?
    Claudia S. Leeger-Aschmann, Einat A. Schmutz, Annina E. Zysset, Tanja H. Kakebeeke, Nadine Messerli-Bürgy, Kerstin Stülb, Amar Arhab, Andrea H. Meyer, Simone Munsch*, Oskar G. Jenni*, Jardena J. Puder*, Susi Kriemler*.
    BMC Public Health, revision submitted 09.2018 (* shared last authors)
  • Physical activity and sedentary behavior in preschoolers: a longitudinal assessment of patterns and determinants.
    Schmutz EA, Haile SR, Leeger-Aschmann CS, Kakebeeke T, Zysset A, Messerli-Bürgy N, Stülb K, Meyer A, Arhab A, Munsch S, Jenni OG, Puder JJ, Kriemler S.
    Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2018 Apr 4;15(1):35. doi: 10.1186/s12966-018-0670-8. (* shared last authors?)
  • Physiological stress measures in preschool children and their relationship with body composition and behavioural problems.
    Nadine Messerli-Bürgy, Amar Arhab, Kerstin Stülb, Tanja H. Kakebeeke, Annina E. Zysset, Claudia S. Leeger-Aschmann, Einat A. Schmutz, Andrea H. Meyer, Ulrike Ehlert, David Garcia-Burgos, Susi Kriemler*, Oskar G. Jenni*, Simone Munsch*, Jardena J. Puder*.
    Developmental Psychobiology, accepted. (* shared last authors)
  • Age-adapted stress task in preschoolers does not lead to uniform stress responses.
    Kerstin Stülb, Nadine Messerli-Bürgy, Tanja H. Kakebeeke, Amar Arhab, Annina E. Zysset, Claudia S. Leeger-Aschmann, Einat A. Schmutz, Andrea H Meyer, David Garcia-Burgos, Ulrike Ehlert, Susi Kriemler*, Oskar G. Jenni*, Jardena J. Puder*, Simone Munsch*.
    Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, accepted. (* shared last authors)
  • Prevalence and potential determinants of behavioural problems in healthy preschool children.
    Kerstin Stülb, Nadine Messerli-Bürgy, Tanja H. Kakebeeke, Amar Arhab, Annina E. Zysset, Claudia S. Leeger-Aschmann, Einat A. Schmutz, Andrea H Meyer, Susi Kriemler*, Oskar G. Jenni*, Jardena J. Puder*, Simone Munsch*.
    Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, revision submitted 08.2018. (* shared last authors)
  • Assessment of emotional responses in preschoolers to an age-adapted stress task: facial coding and picture-based stress test.
    Kerstin Stülb, Nadine Messerli-Bürgy, Tanja H. Kakebeeke, Amar Arhab, Annina E. Zysset, Claudia S. Leeger-Aschmann, Einat A. Schmutz, Andrea H Meyer, Susi Kriemler*, Oskar G. Jenni*, Jardena J. Puder*, Simone Munsch*.
    Journal of Child and Adolescent Health. submitted 08.2018. (* shared last authors)
  • Motor Competence and Physical Activity in Early Childhood: Stability and Relationship.
    Schmutz EA, Haile SR, Leeger-Aschmann CS, Kakebeeke T, Zysset A, Messerli-Bürgy N, Stülb K, Meyer A, Arhab A, Munsch S*, Jenni OG*, Puder JJ*, Kriemler S*.
    In review 08.2018, Frontiers in Pediatrics. * shared last authors