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ERIC Number: EJ971777
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1499-4046
Physical Activity and Beverages in Home- and Center-Based Child Care Programs
Tandon, Pooja S.; Garrison, Michelle M.; Christakis, Dimitri A.
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v44 n4 p355-359 Jul-Aug 2012
Objective: To describe and compare obesity prevention practices related to physical activity and beverages in home- and center-based child care programs. Methods: A telephone survey of licensed home- and center-based child care programs in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Washington between October and December 2008. Results: Most programs reported almost universal access to outdoor play areas and staff who frequently engage in and lead physical activities. About half of the programs reported less than or equal to 60 minutes of outdoor play time per day for preschoolers. Fewer home-based programs offered a variety of fixed and portable play equipment. Over a third of the programs did not have adequate indoor space for all physical activities. Over two thirds of programs offered juice 3 or 4 times per week or more. Conclusions and Implications: Many child care programs could increase active opportunities (by increasing outdoor time and providing better spaces for indoor physical activity) and decrease juice provision. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Massachusetts; Michigan; Washington