ERIC Number: EJ1169786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Seasonal Differences in Segmented-Day Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour in Primary School Children
Loucaides, Constantinos A.
Early Child Development and Care, v188 n3 p410-420 2018
This study examined seasonal differences in children's segmented-day physical activity (PA) and time engaged in sedentary activities. Seventy-three children wore a pedometer during winter and spring and completed a diary relating to their after-school sedentary activities and time playing outside. Children recorded higher steps in spring compared to winter (p < 0.05). Boys recorded higher steps in winter during the before-school period and break time, but girls recorded higher steps in spring during these periods (p < 0.05). Children reported more minutes per day playing outside (p < 0.05), and less time studying (p < 0.001) and attending private lessons (p < 0.05) in spring compared to winter. No seasonal differences were recorded in screen-related sedentary behaviours. Children's PA levels should be especially targeted during the winter months. In Cyprus, schools may consider giving priority to girls to use indoor/covered facilities in winter and to boys in spring. Interventions to reduce screen-related sedentary behaviours should be applied throughout the year.
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Life Style, Measurement Equipment, Diaries, Play, Comparative Analysis, Gender Differences, Foreign Countries, Weather, Physical Environment, Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Grade 6, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Cyprus