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Prev Med. 2008 Jun;46(6):532-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2008.01.006. Epub 2008 Jan 26.

Increasing preschoolers' physical activity intensities: an activity-friendly preschool playground intervention.

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  • 1University of Utah, College of Health, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, 250 South, 1850 East, Room 206, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA. james.hannon@hsc.utah.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to see if portable play equipment added to a preschool playground resulted in higher intensities of physical activity among 3-5-year-old children.

METHODS:

Activity-friendly equipment was added to an outdoor preschool playground. Accelerometry-measured intensities of 15-s epochs of physical activity were tracked for 5 pre-intervention and 5 post-intervention days during outdoor play. Data were collected during fall 2005 in Salt Lake City for 64 preschoolers aged 3, 4, and 5 years.

RESULTS:

After the intervention, both male and female 3- to 5-year-olds significantly decreased sedentary behavior and significantly increased light, moderate, and vigorous physical activity as measured by accelerometry.

CONCLUSIONS:

Results suggest simple interventions, requiring little teacher training, can yield increases in healthy physical activity.

PMID:
18313741
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