Physical activity levels among children attending family day care

Rice, Kelly R. and Trost, Stewart G. (2014) Physical activity levels among children attending family day care. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46 3: 197-202. doi:10.1016/j.jneb.2013.09.001


Author Rice, Kelly R.
Trost, Stewart G.
Title Physical activity levels among children attending family day care
Journal name Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1499-4046
1878-2620
Publication date 2014-05
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jneb.2013.09.001
Open Access Status
Volume 46
Issue 3
Start page 197
End page 202
Total pages 6
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To objectively measure the physical activity (PA) levels of children attending family day care programs.

Methods: A total of 114 children from 47 family day care centers wore an accelerometer for the duration of their time in care. Time in moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) and total PA was calculated using previously validated cut points.

Results: Children accumulated 5.8 ± 3.2 minutes of MVPA and 10.4 ± 4.4 minutes of total PA per hour of attendance. Boys exhibited significantly higher levels of PA than girls. Among healthy weight children, 4- and 5-year-olds exhibited significantly higher levels of PA than 2- and 3-year-olds. Overweight and obese 4- and 5-year-olds exhibited significantly lower levels of PA than their healthy weight counterparts.

Conclusions and Implications: Children attending family day care participate in low levels of PA during the child care day. The results highlight the need for effective programs to promote PA in family day care.
Keyword Accelerometry
Active play
Preschool
Sedentary behavior
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 18 October 2013.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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