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Parent's views of the importance of making changes in settings where children spend time to prevent obesity

Crawford, David, Timperio, Anna, Campbell, Karen, Hume, Clare, Jackson, Michelle, Carver, Alison, Hesketh, Kylie, Ball, Kylie and Salmon, Jo 2008, Parent's views of the importance of making changes in settings where children spend time to prevent obesity, Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 148-158.

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Title Parent's views of the importance of making changes in settings where children spend time to prevent obesity
Author(s) Crawford, David
Timperio, Anna
Campbell, Karen
Hume, Clare
Jackson, Michelle
Carver, Alison
Hesketh, Kylie
Ball, Kylie
Salmon, Jo
Journal name Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition
Volume number 17
Issue number 1
Start page 148
End page 158
Publisher HEC Press
Place of publication McKinnon, Vic.
Publication date 2008-03
ISSN 0964-7058
1440-6047
Keyword(s) kindergartens
schools
obesity prevention
perceptions
parents
Summary Aim : To examine the kinds of changes parents would like to see in those settings where children spend time (kindergartens and schools, child care centres and after-school care facilities, and the local neighbourhood) in policies and practices that impact on children’s risk of obesity, and to establish whether parents might be willing to advocate for changes in these settings.

Materials and Methods :
175 parents from five randomly selected primary schools and five randomly selected kindergartens located in suburbs of metropolitan Melbourne completed a questionnaire in which they rated the importance of a number of potential changes to promote healthy eating and increase physical activity in their children.

Results :
Parents of children in kindergarten most commonly rated changes to the eating environment as important. In contrast, parents of primary school children believed changes related to both eating and physical activity in school were important. Ninety-five per cent of parents of kindergarten children and 89% of parents of primary school children believed it was possible for parents to bring about change to provide more opportunities for their child to eat more healthily and be more physically active. One in four parents reported that they had thought about or had tried to bring about changes in their community.

Conclusions :
The findings suggest that mobilising parents to take an active role in advocating for change in those settings that have the potential to shape their children’s physical activity and eating behaviours may be feasible.
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Language eng
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
Socio Economic Objective 920205 Health Education and Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, HEC Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017807

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