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Correlates of home and neighbourhood-based physical activity in UK 3-4-year-old children

Hnatiuk, Jill A, Hesketh, Kathryn R and van Sluijs, Esther MF 2016, Correlates of home and neighbourhood-based physical activity in UK 3-4-year-old children, European journal of public health, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 947-953, doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckw067.

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Title Correlates of home and neighbourhood-based physical activity in UK 3-4-year-old children
Author(s) Hnatiuk, Jill AORCID iD for Hnatiuk, Jill A orcid.org/0000-0002-5754-7176
Hesketh, Kathryn R
van Sluijs, Esther MF
Journal name European journal of public health
Volume number 26
Issue number 6
Start page 947
End page 953
Total pages 7
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2016-12-01
ISSN 1464-360X
Keyword(s) physical activity
lack of exercise
child
mothers
parent
neighborhood
preschools
Summary BACKGROUND: Identifying context-specific correlates of home- and neighbourhood-based physical activity in preschool-aged children may help improve intervention program development for these settings. METHODS: A total of 153 3-4-year-old children were recruited through preschool settings in Cambridgeshire (January-July 2013). Children wore Actiheart accelerometers for ≤7 days to assess their sedentary time (ST), light-(LPA) and moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA). A parent-completed questionnaire assessed correlates across the ecological model and the child's preschool attendance during the measurement week. Only accelerometer data for times when children were at home were used. Multilevel models (Level 1: days; Level 2: child) examined associations between maternal-reported exposure variables and each outcome (children's home- and neighbourhood-based ST, LPA and MVPA) (main analysis). Further analyses included the subsample of children with complete paternal correlates data (father analysis). RESULTS: In the main analyses, children with older siblings engaged in less ST. Children whose mothers reported being 'moderately inactive' or 'active' (vs. inactive) engaged in less LPA, while children whose mothers worked >35 h week-1 engaged in less MVPA. More equipment at home was associated with lower LPA but greater MVPA. In the father analysis, father's television viewing before 6 pm was associated with greater ST and less MVPA in children; the negative association between mother's activity and children's LPA was retained. CONCLUSION: Family demographics and parental behaviours appear to have the strongest association with children's home- and neighbourhood-based ST, LPA and MVPA. This study further highlights the importance of examining both maternal and paternal behaviours.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/eurpub/ckw067
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30110325

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