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UK Preschool-aged children’s physical activity levels in childcare and at home: a cross-sectional exploration

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, September 2015
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Title
UK Preschool-aged children’s physical activity levels in childcare and at home: a cross-sectional exploration
Published in
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, September 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12966-015-0286-1
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Kathryn R. Hesketh, Simon J. Griffin, Esther M. F. van Sluijs

Abstract

Young children are thought to be inactive in childcare, but little is known about location-specific activity levels. This observational study sought to describe the in-care and out-of-care activity patterns of preschool-aged children and explore differences in physical activity level by childcare attendance. Three to four-year-old children were recruited from 30 preschool and nursery 'settings' in Cambridgeshire, UK. Average minutes per hour (min/h) spent sedentary (SED), in light physical activity (LPA) and in moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) were measured by accelerometry for up to 7 days (mean: 6.7 ± 1.1). Weekly childcare attendance patterns were reported by parents. The within-child association between childcare attendance and outcomes was assessed using two- and three-level hierarchical regression; sex by care (in/out) interactions were considered. Two hundred and two children (51 % female) had valid activity data for ≥2 days. Children, and particularly boys, were less sedentary and more active when in care compared to at home (SED: Boys: β (SE): -6.4 (0.5) min/h, Girls: -4.8 (0.5); LPA: Boys: 0.6 (0.4), Girls: 1.8 (0.4); MVPA: Boys: 5.7 (0.5); Girls: 3.0 (0.4)). Differences between in-care and at-home activity were largest in the (early) mornings and early evenings for boys; no compensation in at-home activity occurred later in the day. On days when children were in care part-time (1-5 h) or full-time (>5 h), they were significantly less sedentary and more active compared with non-care days. Young children, and particularly boys, accumulate more MVPA in care compared to at home. Future research should identify factors accounting for this difference and consider targeting non-care time in intervention efforts to increase higher-intensity activity and decrease sedentary time in preschoolers.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Unknown 125 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 27 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 25 20%
Researcher 12 9%
Student > Bachelor 11 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 10 8%
Other 19 15%
Unknown 23 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Sports and Recreations 29 23%
Social Sciences 17 13%
Medicine and Dentistry 13 10%
Psychology 12 9%
Nursing and Health Professions 12 9%
Other 12 9%
Unknown 32 25%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 19. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 09 October 2019.
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#1,326,616
of 18,708,811 outputs
Outputs from International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
#580
of 1,720 outputs
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#23,449
of 258,515 outputs
Outputs of similar age from International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
#5
of 11 outputs
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