Want to know how much impact your activity level really has on your preschooler? Here is a must read from The University of Western Ontario!
Want to find out how active you and your child really are? Join the study! Registration info is listed below!
Preschoolers’ behaviours are largely influenced by their parents; consequently, parents’ physical activity behaviours and preferences are likely to have an impact on their children’s activity levels (Irwin, He, Bouck, Tucker, & Pollett, 2005; Loprinzi, Schary, Beets, Leary, & Cardinal, 2013). In a recent study completed in the United Kingdom focusing on the relationship between mothers’ and preschoolers’ activity levels, researchers found that all activity intensities (e.g., sedentary, light, moderate-to-vigorous) were positively related (Hesketh et al., 2014). This indicates, for example, that when mom is being moderately active, so is her child.
Currently, minimal research in Canada has been conducted examining parental influence (e.g., support, encouragement, role modeling, co-participation, and facilitation of activity) on preschoolers’ physical activity levels and sedentary time. In addition, there have been few studies that have objectively measured both preschoolers’ and their mothers’ activity levels. Consequently, researchers at Western University (Dr. Trish Tucker and Alana Maltby) are undertaking this study to objectively measure the physical activity levels of London preschool-aged children and their mothers and to determine other influential factors (e.g., encouragement, participating in physical activity together, etc.) that may relate to active behaviours.
Briefly, the study involves you (the mother) and your child (2.5-5 years old) wearing an accelerometer (a small, motion sensor device) during all waking hours for 7 consecutive days. The accelerometer would be worn on an adjustable elastic belt around the waist (over top of clothing) to collect information about the amount and intensity of yours and your preschooler's movement. In addition, we ask that you complete the adapted Environmental Determinants of Physical Activity in Preschool Children – Parent Survey.
In order for you and your preschooler to participate in this study, the following criteria are required: a) your child must be between the ages of 2.5 to 5 years old at the time of data collection, b) you must speak and read English, c) you [the parent] and your child must be willing to wear an accelerometer, and d) you must live in London, Ontario (and/or surrounding areas).
If you and your preschooler are interested in participating, please contact:
Alana Maltby (MSc Candidate)
519-661-2111 x 88938
Hesketh, K. R., Goodfellow, L., Ekelund, U., McMinn, A. M., Godfrey, K. M., Inskip, H. M., … van Sluijs, E. M. F. (2014). Activity levels in mothers and their preschool children. Pediatrics, 133, e973–980. doi:10.1542/peds.2013-3153
Irwin, J. D., He, M., Bouck, L. M. S., Tucker, P., & Pollett, G. L. (2005). Preschoolers’ physical activity behaviours: Parents' perspectives. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 96(4), 299–303. Retrieved from http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=3070650&tool=pmcentrez&rendertype=abstract
Loprinzi, P. D., Schary, D. P., Beets, M. W., Leary, J., & Cardinal, B. J. (2013). Association between hypothesized parental influences and preschool children’s physical activity behavior. American Journal of Health Education, 44(1), 9–18. doi:10.1080/19325037.2012.749685