Preschoolers' physical activity, screen time, and compliance with recommendations

Hinkley, Trina, Salmon, Jo, Okely, Anthony D., Crawford, David and Hesketh, Kylie 2012, Preschoolers' physical activity, screen time, and compliance with recommendations, Medicine and science in sports and exercise, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 458-465, doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e318233763b.

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Title Preschoolers' physical activity, screen time, and compliance with recommendations
Author(s) Hinkley, TrinaORCID iD for Hinkley, Trina
Salmon, JoORCID iD for Salmon, Jo
Okely, Anthony D.
Crawford, DavidORCID iD for Crawford, David
Hesketh, KylieORCID iD for Hesketh, Kylie
Journal name Medicine and science in sports and exercise
Volume number 44
Issue number 3
Start page 458
End page 465
Total pages 8
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2012-03
ISSN 0195-9131
Keyword(s) accelerometry
physical activity
screen-based entertainment
Summary Purpose: Little evidence exists about the prevalence of adequate levels of physical activity and of appropriate screen-based entertainment in preschool children. Previous studies have generally relied on small samples. This study investigates how much time preschool children spend being physically active and engaged in screen-based entertainment. The study also reports compliance with the recently released Australian recommendations for physical activity (>=3 h·d-1) and screen entertainment (<=1 h·d-1) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education physical activity guidelines (>=2 h·d-1) and American Academy of Pediatrics screen-based entertainment recommendations (<=2 h·d-1) in a large sample of preschool children.

Methods: Participants were 1004 Melbourne preschool children (mean age = 4.5 yr, range = 3–5 yr) and their families in the Healthy Active Preschool Years study. Physical activity data were collected by accelerometry during an 8-d period. Parents reported their child’s television/video/DVD viewing, computer/Internet, and electronic game use during a typical week. A total of 703 (70%) had sufficient accelerometry data, and 935 children (93%) had useable data on time spent in screen-based entertainment.

Children spent 16% (approximately 127 min·d-1) of their time being physically active. Boys and younger children were more active than were girls and older children, respectively. Children spent an average of 113 min·d-1 in screen-based entertainment. Virtually no children (<1%) met both the Australian recommendations and 32% met both the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations.

The majority of young children are not participating in adequate amounts of physical activity and in excessive amounts of screen-based entertainment. It is likely that physical activity may decline and that screen-based entertainment may increase with age. Compliance with recommendations may be further reduced. Strategies to promote physical activity and reduce screen-based entertainment in young children are required.
Language eng
DOI 10.1249/MSS.0b013e318233763b
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, American College of Sports Medicine
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