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ERIC Number: ED540416
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb-25
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
A Poll about Children and Weight: Crunch Time during the American Work and School Week--3 P.M. to Bed. Summary
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Childhood obesity is a major public health challenge today, with complex roots interwoven into nearly every facet of American life. This poll addresses one narrow slice of this web: the challenges that families face during the "crunch time" of the work and school week, between 3 p.m. and the time children go to bed. Compared to the school day, this may be a time when parents and other adults in the household have more influence over what their children eat and do, but it is also a busy time when many are racing home from work, arranging for their children's extracurricular activities, trying to monitor homework, and getting ready for the next day. To get a detailed view of this critical window of time, this poll assesses a nationally representative sample of children, through the eyes of their parents or other responsible adults in their household who know what they ate, drank and did the day before the poll. In this report, the authors refer to this group of respondents as "parents" because parents are 87% of them, but the total group also includes grandparents and foster parents as well as aunts, uncles, and siblings. This poll aims to examine (1) the daily challenges in helping children achieve or maintain a healthy weight; (2) perceptions of children's activities and food or drink consumption; (3) practices around the "family dinner"; (4) family practices around restful sleep; and (5) family special events as compared to daily practice. (Contains 10 footnotes.) [For the full report, "A Poll about Children and Weight: Crunch Time during the American Work and School Week--3 P.M. to Bed," see ED540417.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; National Public Radio (NPR); Harvard School of Public Health