Weekday to weekend patterns of objectively measured physical activity (PA) in deprived pre-schoolers
ISPAH ePoster Library. Duncan M. Oct 16, 2018; 225051; 513
Prof. Michael Duncan
Prof. Michael Duncan
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Abstract IntroductionPre-schoolers are recommended to participate in a minimum of three hours PA daily for health benefit. PA volume and intensity may differ between weekdays and weekends. Few studies have examined whether PA differs between weekdays and weekends in pre-schoolers. This study examined this issue. MethodFollowing institutional ethics approval and parental informed consent, 364, pre-schoolers (168 girls, 196 boys, mean age =3.7 ± 0.5 years) wore a GENEActiv accelerometer for 2 weekdays and 2 weekend days on their wrist. Participants were drawn from areas of Coventry and Warwickshire that were all in the top 10% of the most deprived super output areas in England. The Roscoe et al pre-schooler cut-points were used to determine the percentage of time spent sedentary and in light, moderate to vigorous (MVPA) PA. Results There were no significant differences in the percentage of time spent in sedentary, light or MVPA between boys and girls (P>0.05). A greater percentage of time was spent in sedentary behaviour and a lesser percentage of time in light and MVPA (all P<0.01) during weekends compared to weekdays. 71.6% and 65.2% or pre-schoolers did not meet the recommended three hours of PA per day for health during weekends and weekdays respectively. 76.4% and 72.5% of pre-schoolers did not meet the recommended guidelines of 60mins MVPA during weekends and weekdays respectively.Conclusion The majority of deprived pre-schoolers do not achieve the recommended levels of PA for health but greater time is spent in health enhancing PA during weekdays compared to weekends.
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