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Health-related knowledge and preferences in low socio-economic kindergarteners.

Nemet D, Geva D, Meckel Y, Eliakim A - Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act (2012)

Bottom Line: No difference was found between nutrition and PA knowledge scores (52.3 ± 0.9 versus 52.6 ± 0.8%, respectively).Significant correlations were found between nutrition knowledge and preferences (r = 0.55, p < 0.0001), physical activity knowledge and preferences (r = 0.46, p < 0.0001), and nutrition and PA preferences (r = 0.46, p < 0.001).PA knowledge and preference scores were significantly higher among male compared to the female kindergartners (p < 0.001 for both).

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Affiliation: Child Health and Sports Center, Pediatric Department, Meir Medical Center, Kfar-Saba, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Dan.nemet@clalit.org.il

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Objective: The aim of the present study was to determine physical activity (PA) and nutrition knowledge and preferences in low socio-economic status kindergarten children.

Methods: Following height and weight measurement, 795 low socio-economic status kindergarten children (age 3.8-6.8 y.o) completed a photo-pair knowledge and preferences food and exercise questionnaire.

Results: No difference was found between nutrition and PA knowledge scores (52.3 ± 0.9 versus 52.6 ± 0.8%, respectively). There was no difference between the nutrition knowledge and preference score (52.3 ± 0.9 versus 50.9 ± 0.9%, respectively). PA preference was significantly higher than knowledge (56.9 ± 1.5 versus 52.6 ± 0.8%, respectively; p < 0.0001). Significant correlations were found between nutrition knowledge and preferences (r = 0.55, p < 0.0001), physical activity knowledge and preferences (r = 0.46, p < 0.0001), and nutrition and PA preferences (r = 0.46, p < 0.001). Nutrition preference scores were significantly lower in overweight compared to normal weight kindergartners 48.1 ± 1.7 versus 52.0 ± 1.0%; p < 0.05). PA knowledge and preference scores were significantly higher among male compared to the female kindergartners (p < 0.001 for both).

Conclusion: Our data demonstrate diversities in physical activity and nutrition knowledge and preferences among low socio-economic status kindergarten children. These findings may be important for the development of health promotion programs in low socioeconomic kindergarten children.

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Mentions: Anthropometric characteristics of the study participants are summarized in Table 1. There was no difference between the kindergarten children's nutrition and physical activity knowledge scores (52.3 ± 0.9 versus 52.6 ± 0.8%, respectively). There was no difference between the nutrition knowledge and preference score (52.3 ± 0.9 versus 50.9 ± 0.9%, respectively). Physical activity preference was significantly higher than physical activity knowledge (56.9 ± 1.5 versus 52.6 ± 0.8%, respectively; p < 0.0001), and significantly higher than nutrition preferences (56.9 ± 1.5 versus 50.9 ± 0.9%, respectively; p < 0.0001; Figure 1) among the kindergarten children.


Health-related knowledge and preferences in low socio-economic kindergarteners.

Nemet D, Geva D, Meckel Y, Eliakim A - Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act (2012)

Nutrition and physical activity knowledge and preferences of low socio-economic status kindergarten children.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3275498&req=5

Figure 1: Nutrition and physical activity knowledge and preferences of low socio-economic status kindergarten children.
Mentions: Anthropometric characteristics of the study participants are summarized in Table 1. There was no difference between the kindergarten children's nutrition and physical activity knowledge scores (52.3 ± 0.9 versus 52.6 ± 0.8%, respectively). There was no difference between the nutrition knowledge and preference score (52.3 ± 0.9 versus 50.9 ± 0.9%, respectively). Physical activity preference was significantly higher than physical activity knowledge (56.9 ± 1.5 versus 52.6 ± 0.8%, respectively; p < 0.0001), and significantly higher than nutrition preferences (56.9 ± 1.5 versus 50.9 ± 0.9%, respectively; p < 0.0001; Figure 1) among the kindergarten children.

Bottom Line: No difference was found between nutrition and PA knowledge scores (52.3 ± 0.9 versus 52.6 ± 0.8%, respectively).Significant correlations were found between nutrition knowledge and preferences (r = 0.55, p < 0.0001), physical activity knowledge and preferences (r = 0.46, p < 0.0001), and nutrition and PA preferences (r = 0.46, p < 0.001).PA knowledge and preference scores were significantly higher among male compared to the female kindergartners (p < 0.001 for both).

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Child Health and Sports Center, Pediatric Department, Meir Medical Center, Kfar-Saba, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Dan.nemet@clalit.org.il

ABSTRACT

Objective: The aim of the present study was to determine physical activity (PA) and nutrition knowledge and preferences in low socio-economic status kindergarten children.

Methods: Following height and weight measurement, 795 low socio-economic status kindergarten children (age 3.8-6.8 y.o) completed a photo-pair knowledge and preferences food and exercise questionnaire.

Results: No difference was found between nutrition and PA knowledge scores (52.3 ± 0.9 versus 52.6 ± 0.8%, respectively). There was no difference between the nutrition knowledge and preference score (52.3 ± 0.9 versus 50.9 ± 0.9%, respectively). PA preference was significantly higher than knowledge (56.9 ± 1.5 versus 52.6 ± 0.8%, respectively; p < 0.0001). Significant correlations were found between nutrition knowledge and preferences (r = 0.55, p < 0.0001), physical activity knowledge and preferences (r = 0.46, p < 0.0001), and nutrition and PA preferences (r = 0.46, p < 0.001). Nutrition preference scores were significantly lower in overweight compared to normal weight kindergartners 48.1 ± 1.7 versus 52.0 ± 1.0%; p < 0.05). PA knowledge and preference scores were significantly higher among male compared to the female kindergartners (p < 0.001 for both).

Conclusion: Our data demonstrate diversities in physical activity and nutrition knowledge and preferences among low socio-economic status kindergarten children. These findings may be important for the development of health promotion programs in low socioeconomic kindergarten children.

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