ERIC Number: EJ891189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
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Stepping toward Physical Activity Requirements: Integrating Pedometers into Early Childhood Settings
Robinson, Leah E.; Wadsworth, Danielle D.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v38 n2 p95-102 Aug 2010
Physical activity is an essential component for lifelong wellness and the quality of life. Over the past years, childhood obesity has dramatically increased. Data supports that young children are adopting sedentary behaviors within and outside of school hours that may contribute to obesity and other health-related diseases. This paper provides early childhood practitioners with an overview of physical activity recommendations for young children between the ages of three to five and cost-effective means to assess physical activity through step count pedometers. Finally, some pedometer activities are provided along with a description of the children's reactions and behaviors to the integration of pedometers. Both the activities and pedometer appear to be easily incorporated into any classroom or recess settings to get your children moving and active.
Descriptors: Obesity, Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Quality of Life, Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Well Being, Wellness, Preschool Children, Diseases
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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