Influences of Preschool Policies and Practices on Children's Physical Activity

  title={Influences of Preschool Policies and Practices on Children's Physical Activity},
  author={Marsha Dowda and Russell R Pate and Stewart Trost and Maria Jo{\~a}o CA Almeida and John R Sirard},
  journal={Journal of Community Health},
The objective of this study was to determine if moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) of 3–5 year old preschool children varied with differences in policies/practices, and overall quality of preschools. A total of 266 children (47% males, 60% African American) from 9 preschools were observed for 1 hour on 3 different days. PA of children was observed twice per minute and scored as 1–5, with 1 for stationary/motionless and 5 for fast movement. Summary MVPA was calculated over the 3 days… CONTINUE READING

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