Navigation Links
New funding will help researchers learn how preschoolers move, battle early child obesity
Date:11/10/2011

URBANA University of Illinois researchers have received funding from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) for a series of workshops that will help researchers learn about physical activity in preschool-aged children.

"Nearly one in seven low-income children is overweight or obese by age six," said Barbara Fiese, director of the U of I's Family Resiliency Center and a principal investigator for its STRONG Kids project (STRONG is an acronym for Synergistic Theory and Research on Obesity and Nutrition Group).

"One of the things we're learning from STRONG Kids is that we really don't have the tools to understand physical activity in young children," she added. "Preschoolers tend to have bursts of activity followed by more sedentary periods. That's very different from kids in elementary school who have moved into the world of more organized activities, sports, and games."

Fiese said that the Centers for Disease Control recommend that preschoolers get an hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day. She thinks it's unlikely that most young children are getting that much exercise.

"Because we're seeing obesity at such early ages, we want to start addressing children's poor eating habits and lack of physical activity when they're quite young," Fiese said.

The team of scientists involved in the workshops will come from both the Urbana and Chicago campuses and will cut across such disciplines as computer engineering, kinesiology, parks and recreation, human development, public health, and nutritional sciences, she said.

"We want to bring in top-notch experts in these fields so they can develop a tool that can be used in young children's natural environments -- for example, child care settings, homes, and parks. If you watch preschool children in any of these settings, you'll see a lot of random movement," she said.

Before scientists can develop interventions that will be useful in encouraging preschoolers to be more active, they have to be able to measure their activity, she said.

She noted that any device attached to a preschooler to measure movement will have to be sturdy enough to survive dropping it, stepping on it, or an unexpected dip in the bathtub or toilet.


'/>"/>
Contact: Phyllis Picklesimer
p-pickle@illinois.edu
217-244-2827
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. University of Colorado Denver receives Grand Challenges Explorations funding
2. St. Michaels Hospital receives Grand Challenges Explorations funding
3. UC Santa Barbara receives Grand Challenges Explorations funding
4. The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia receives Grand Challenges Explorations funding
5. Alternative health-care funding in Canada will not lower costs
6. Seattle Childrens lands major funding with hopes of saving thousands of infant lives
7. Scientists receive funding boost to further research into disease mechanisms of Alzheimer’s
8. Elsevier matches funding opportunities to researcher expertise
9. Rhode Island Hospital fellow receives funding to support research in myocardial perfusion
10. The best way to conquer migraine is to increase government research funding, headache specialists say
11. Clinical trials for new Alzheimers disease treatment to be awarded European Commission €6m funding
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Many women are ... with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to not only alleviate symptoms ... can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving a pregnancy. The specialists ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network of independent ... Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased to announce ... Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. , ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... A recent article ... people are unfamiliar with. The article goes on to state that individuals are now ... of these less common operations such as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. announced that ... chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered among the top 2 percent ... special honors as members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: Miami ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Norcross, Georgia (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 ... ... Year” awards today at the Clinical Decision Making in Emergency Medicine conference in ... who have authored journal articles published in Emergency Medicine Practice and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016 ... the addition of the " Global Markets for ... This report focuses on ... updated review, including its applications in various applications. The ... which includes three main industries: pharmaceutical and biotechnology, food ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016 Research and Markets has announced ... Diagnostic Tests" report to their offering. ... The World Market for Companion Diagnostics covers ... Market analysis in the report includes the following: ... Diagnostic Kits) by Region (N. America, EU, ROW), 2015-2020 ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016  MedSource announced today that it has ... solution of choice.  This latest decision demonstrates MedSource,s ... their clients by offering a state-of-the-art electronic data ... nowEDC as the EDC platform of choice in ... "nowEDC has long been a preferred EDC platform ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: