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Professor Mikael Fogelholm

Mikael Fogelholm is a Professor in Public Health Nutrition at the Department of Food and Nutrition at the University of Helsinki. His background is in human nutrition, but Mikael has also published several studies related to physical activity and health. His special research interests are connected to dietary patterns, physical activity and obesity. Mikael has 185 listed publications (original research articles, reviews and editorials) listed in PubMed (18.5.2018). He is a member of the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations project group and the Finnish National Nutrition Council. He is also an active discussant in traditional and social media in Finland. IN 2016, he was awarded the University of Helsinki J.V. Snellman award, granted for outstanding efforts in disseminating scholarly knowledge.   

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Anna Abdollahi 

Anna is an American-Finn nutrition professional (MS) also with educational backgrounds in anthropology and public health. Having worked as a registered dietitian for childcare facilities in the United States for two years, Anna has experience in creating and providing nutrition and food education for children and parents alike. In her free time, she enjoys sports, hiking, cooking, and playing board games with friends – making her current work of helping to develop educational escape games with the EIT-Food Games of Food project gratifying!  


Essi Skaffari

Essi is a nutritionist (MSc in human nutrition) who is particularly interested in children’s nutrition. She has work experience from different research projects such as preschool children’s nutrition and food education and vitamin D interventions. She currently works at the University of Helsinki and is involved in the Games of Food, EIT Food School Network, and The DAGIS-study. In her free time, Essi enjoys writing a blog, exercising, and travelling.


Kirsi Ali-Kovero

As a nutritionist and with an ambition to provide healthy nutrition for all, Kirsi is looking forward to increasing the nutritional knowledge among students with the Games of Food. She works currently also in an intervention study (PROMISS) that aims to prevent malnutrition in older adults. Kirsi received her MSc in human nutrition from the University of Helsinki and has experience working in different research projects in Finland and in developing countries. Kirsi loves crime novels and is eager to challenge herself at figure skating and ballet practices where she spends most of her free time. 


Henna Vepsäläinen

Henna is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki. She is a nutrition scientist with research interests in diets and health behavior in families, and her Ph.D. thesis investigated the food environment and its associations with children’s diets. She also is an eager nutrition and health communicator in social media. Henna loves food, (armchair) sports, knitting, reading, traveling, and photographing. You can find Henna on Twitter, LinkedIn, and the University of Helsinki Research Portal.


This activity has received funding from EIT Food, the innovation community on Food of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the EU, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programmed for Research and Innovation. Grant Agreement no: 19040

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