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Am J Health Behav. 2014 Sep;38(5):717-25. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.38.5.9.

Physical activity of preschool-aged Latino children in farmworker families.

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1
Oklahoma State University, Center for Family Resilience, Department of Human Development and Family Science, Tulsa OK, USA. joseph.grzywacz@okstate.edu.
2
Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of Biostatistical Sciences, Winston-Salem, NC, USA.
3
Oklahoma State University, USA.
4
Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Prevention.
5
Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine.
6
Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of Biostatistical Sciences.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe time spent in sedentary and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) by children in Latino farmworker families and delineate sources of variation in sedentary and MVPA.

METHOD:

Data were from mother-child dyads (N = 248) in Latino farmworker households in North Carolina. Physical activity was assessed using accelerometers; mothers described their children's characteristics and their physical and social environments.

RESULTS:

Children spent 6.2 hours/day sedentary (Median=369 minutes), and 6.0 minutes/day in MVPA. Children in Head Start spent more time sedentary, whereas children living where dogs roam freely were less sedentary. Children whose mothers limited screen time spent 2 more minutes in MVPA.

CONCLUSIONS:

Preschool-aged Latino children in farmworker families are sedentary, engaging in little MVPA.

PMID:
24933141
PMCID:
PMC4060153
DOI:
10.5993/AJHB.38.5.9
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