Physical activity of children in family child care

Temple, Viviene A.; Naylor, Patti-Jean; Rhodes, Ryan E.; Higgins, Joan Wharf
August 2009
Applied Physiology, Nutrition & Metabolism;Aug2009, Vol. 34 Issue 4, p794
Academic Journal
Physical activity was monitored for 65 boys and girls, during family child care, using accelerometry. Average accelerometer wear time was 7.0 h (SD = 0.83), and average counts per epoch were 104.6 (SD = 31.6). Mean minutes per hour of moderate-vigorous physical activity and sedentary behaviour were 1.76 min (SD = 0.90) and 39.49 min (SD = 4.50), respectively. The very low levels of moderate-vigorous physical activity suggest that the young children in this study may be insufficiently active during child care.


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