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ERIC Number: EJ794873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1476-718X
The Role of Childcare Providers in the Prevention of Childhood Overweight
Sellers, Kathleen; Russo, Theresa J.; Baker, Ida; Dennison, Barbara A.
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v3 n3 p227-242 2005
Childhood overweight has received increased national attention as a social and health problem. Childcare providers play an increasingly prominent role in the lives of young children and are therefore important in initiating change. This qualitative study determined the role of childcare professionals in the prevention of childhood overweight. Facilitated focus group sessions were conducted with childcare professionals to ascertain their beliefs and practices in four domains: 1) foods and beverages; 2) physical activity; 3) TV, video, and computer game viewing; and 4) behaviors with respect to eating and/or activity. The researchers and childcare staff then collaboratively identified ways to develop innovative policy and environmental changes to improve the health and fitness of young children. Though more research is needed, engaging the support of the childcare profession is a promising avenue to improve the health and fitness of young children. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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