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ERIC Number: ED541796
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Preventing Obesity among Preschool Children: How Can Child-Care Settings Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity? Research Synthesis
Larson, Nicole; Ward, Dianne; Neelon, Sara Benjamin; Story, Mary
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Child-care settings provide numerous opportunities to promote healthy eating and physical activity behaviors among preschool children. The majority of U.S. children are placed in some form of non-parental care during their preschool years. While approximately 15 percent of preschool children are primarily cared for by their relatives, most preschoolers who spend time in non-parental care arrangements are placed in center-based care (e.g., child-care centers, preschools, Head Start programs) or a family child-care home. Given the widespread use of child care, an understanding of current practices relevant to nutrition and physical activity in child-care settings is needed to inform obesity-prevention efforts. This research synthesis reviews studies that have identified opportunities to promote a healthy diet and regular physical activity among preschool children. It also examines outcomes of research interventions designed to prevent obesity in child-care settings. (Contains 1 figures, 4 tables, and 76 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation