by Ann Douglas
A study released by the American College of Sports Medicine earlier this year found that two- to four-years-olds being cared for in home daycare settings may not be getting the physical activity they need.
The study, which measured the physical activity levels of 12 boys and 15 girls during 86 days at home daycare using an accelerometer, found that, on average, the children were inactive for 264 of the 330 minutes when the children were awake (not napping).
They were engaged in light physical activity for 36.5 minutes, moderate physical activities for 14 minutes, and moderate-to-vigorous activities for 18 minutes.
Lead researcher Stewart G. Trost, Ph.D, intends to follow up on this study by studying the home daycare setting itself in greater detail, to try to identify possible barriers to promoting greater physical fitness in children.
He also hopes to develop a professional development program for home daycare operators, to help them incorporate the latest information about physical activity and nutrition into their programs for young children.
Ann Douglas is the author of numerous books about pregnancy and parenting including the bestselling "The Mother of All Pregnancy Books." She regularly contributes to a number of print and online publications, is frequently quoted in the media on a range of parenting-related topics, and has appeared as a guest on a number of television and radio shows. Ann and her husband Neil live in Peterborough, Ontario. with the youngest of their four children. Learn more at her site, having-a-baby.com.
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