Physical activity levels among children attending family day care

Rice, Kelly R. & Trost, Stewart G. (2014) Physical activity levels among children attending family day care. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46(3), pp. 197-202.

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To objectively measure the physical activity (PA) levels of children attending family day care programs.


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.


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.

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ID Code: 71526
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Accelerometry, Active play, Preschool, Sedentary behavior
DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2013.09.001
ISSN: 1499-4046
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 13 May 2014 23:30
Last Modified: 14 May 2014 23:18

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