Physical activity of children in family child care

Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2009 Aug;34(4):794-8. doi: 10.1139/H09-061.


Physical activity was monitored for 65 boys and girls, during family child care, using accelerometry. Average accelerometer wear time was 7.0 h (SD = 0.83), and average counts per epoch were 104.6 (SD = 31.6). Mean minutes per hour of moderate-vigorous physical activity and sedentary behaviour were 1.76 min (SD = 0.90) and 39.49 min (SD = 4.50), respectively. The very low levels of moderate-vigorous physical activity suggest that the young children in this study may be insufficiently active during child care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child Care*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / instrumentation
  • Motor Skills
  • Play and Playthings
  • Time Factors