Navigation Links
Preschoolers in Family Child Care Homes Need More Activity
Date:5/30/2008

Study Finds 2- to 4-Year-Old Children Not Meeting Daily Physical Activity Recommendations

INDIANAPOLIS, May 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Young children enrolled in family child care homes are unlikely to be meeting physical activity recommendations for their age group, according to research released today at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Privately owned and operated family child care homes, as the second largest child care provider, may need to assess the opportunities and programs for preschoolers to be active based on these results.

Almost 12 million children under the age of five are in some type of child care, with family child care homes accounting for nearly a quarter of all child care facilities. This small study focused on an objective measurement of physical activity levels in 2- to 4-year-old children in this private setting in seven different, unrelated homes. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) indicate that 26 percent of U.S. children in this age group are overweight or obese.

Twenty-seven preschoolers (12 boys, 15 girls) wore an accelerometer to track activity levels for the duration of their program attendance each day. Researchers completed 86 days of monitoring. Accelerometers were not worn during nap time, and care providers noted times monitors were put on and taken off. The data was analyzed to determine the amount of time spent each day in sedentary, light, moderate and vigorous activity, as well as moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.

When the children were not napping, most of their activities were sedentary. On average, 264 of their 330 daily minutes (excluding nap time) were inactive. Light physical activity was achieved just a portion of their day, at around 36.5 minutes, with moderate activities at only about 14 minutes. Vigorous and moderate-to-vigorous activities combined were just approximately 18 minutes.

"This is an initial glimpse into what we can learn by looking at child care in a variety of settings as we continue to search for solutions to reversing inactivity and overweight and obesity in children," said lead author Stewart G. Trost, Ph.D., FACSM. "Previously we knew very little about the physical activity levels of preschoolers in family child care homes, and now our vision is starting to take shape. Getting programs in place to help private care providers and building awareness about boosting these kids' activity is important, and can be an early intervention in getting them active for later stages in their growth and development."

Trost said he and his study team plan to conduct research to better understand the barriers to physical activity opportunities in family child care homes, and implement a "train-the-trainer" intervention program to help home child care providers adopt practices that promote greater amounts of physical activity and encourage healthy eating.

For more information on youth sports and health, please visit http://www.acsm.org.

The American College of Sports Medicine (http://www.acsm.org) is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 20,000 international, national, and regional members are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

The conclusions outlined in this news release are those of the researchers only, and should not be construed as an official statement of the American College of Sports Medicine (http://www.acsm.org).

The American College of Sports Medicine 55th Annual Meeting is going on now at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind.


'/>"/>
SOURCE American College of Sports Medicine
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Nonmedicinal treatment touted for preschoolers with ADHD
2. How Best to Treat Preschoolers With ADHD? The Harvard Mental Health Letter Discusses the Options
3. Child mental health experts issue psychiatric medication treatment guidelines for preschoolers
4. Preschoolers nightmares less prevalent, are trait-like and associated with personality
5. Close ties between parents and babies yield benefits for preschoolers
6. Fixing Poor Vision Boosts Preschoolers Test Scores
7. Chinese Preschoolers Participate in Fund Drive to Help the Victims of Sichuan Quake
8. Work-Family Conflict Dogs Air Force Women After Deployment
9. Work-Family Conflict Dogs Air Force Women After Deployment
10. Isolation of a new gene family essential for early development
11. Lake Elsinore Family Caregiver Receives Free Power Wheelchair From The SCOOTER Store
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/24/2017)... New York, New York (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2017 , ... ... and general vascular surgery in New York City. He is known for ... his broad specialization in vascular surgery, Dr. Benvenisty holds sub-specialty training in treating renovascular ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Dr. Manju R. Kejriwal, a leading Ohio dentist, is now ... a referral. Dr. Kejriwal understands the emotional and financial toll traditional orthodontics can take ... Patients no longer need to feel the esthetic effects of wires and brackets when ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... ... II of the HP3 (High-Performance Periodontal Practice) continuing education (CE) series. As a ... advancements in his field by attending numerous CE courses each year. His recent ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... 24, 2017 , ... If you are thinking of a visit to San Francisco , ... is the perfect time to visit. , Business Architecture Associates is pleased to offer 5 ... individuals, as a 4-½ day package for individuals, and as 4-½ day corporate package for ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... Falls, Wisconsin (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2017 ... ... leader in clean label food ingredient solutions for the food and beverage industry ... factor in food ingredient statements during the purchasing decision process. As a result, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/9/2017)... JERUSALEM , May 9, 2017  Oramed ... www.oramed.com ), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on ... today that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has ... for Oral Administration of Exenatide". The patent covers ... analog. GLP-1 is an incretin hormone ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... 5, 2017   Provista , a proven leader in ... customers, today announced Jim Cunniff as the company,s ... and business experience to Provista, including most recently serving as ... California . He assumed his new role with ... great fit for Provista," says Jody Hatcher , president, ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... 2017  A recent study published in the ... light as a means of disinfection anesthesia workstations ... bioburden on anesthesia workstations. In the study, UVC ... medical equipment surfaces contaminated with three (3) organisms ... study further validates the body of literature supporting ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: