Attributes of child care centers and outdoor play areas associated with preschoolers' physical activity and sedentary behavior

Sugiyama, Takemi, Okely, Anthony D., Masters, Jane M. and Moore, Gary T. (2012) Attributes of child care centers and outdoor play areas associated with preschoolers' physical activity and sedentary behavior. Environment and Behaviour, 44 3: 334-349. doi:10.1177/0013916510393276

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Author Sugiyama, Takemi
Okely, Anthony D.
Masters, Jane M.
Moore, Gary T.
Title Attributes of child care centers and outdoor play areas associated with preschoolers' physical activity and sedentary behavior
Journal name Environment and Behaviour   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0013-9165
Publication date 2012-05
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0013916510393276
Volume 44
Issue 3
Start page 334
End page 349
Total pages 6
Place of publication Beverly Hills, CA, U.S.A.
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract This study examined characteristics of child care centers associated with preschoolers’ moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and sedentary behavior while in child care (MVPA-C, SB-C), and attributes of outdoor play areas associated with the same behaviors during outdoor time (MVPA-O, SBO). Participants were 89 children (3 -5 years) recruited from 10 child care centers in Brisbane, Australia. Children’s activity was measured by accelerometer over a 3-day period. Center characteristics and outdoor play area attributes were identified through survey and observation. We found that children were mostly sedentary while in child care. Lower child-staff ratios and using indoor play areas for motor activity were associated with more MVPA-C and less SB-C. Fixed play equipment in outdoor areas was conducive to more MVPA-O and less SB-O. This study suggests the possibility of enhancing preschoolers’ activity levels through changing these attributes.
Keyword Early childhood
Preschool
Day care
Environment
Health behaviors
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published on 17 December, 2010.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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