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dc.contributor.authorHesketh, Kathryn Ren_US
dc.contributor.authorvan Sluijs, Esther MFen_US
dc.contributor.authorBlaine, Rachel Een_US
dc.contributor.authorTaveras, Elsie Men_US
dc.contributor.authorGillman, Matthew Wen_US
dc.contributor.authorBenjamin Neelon, Sara Een_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-02T17:37:40Z
dc.date.issued2015en_US
dc.identifier.citationHesketh, Kathryn R, Esther MF van Sluijs, Rachel E Blaine, Elsie M Taveras, Matthew W Gillman, and Sara E Benjamin Neelon. 2015. “Assessing care providers’ perceptions and beliefs about physical activity in infants and toddlers: baseline findings from the Baby NAP SACC study.” BMC Public Health 15 (1): 100. doi:10.1186/s12889-015-1477-z. http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-015-1477-z.en
dc.identifier.issn1471-2458en
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:14065334
dc.description.abstractBackground: As children now spend increasing amounts of time in out-of-home care, care providers play an important role in promoting positive health behaviors. Little is currently known about providers’ perceptions and beliefs about physical activity, particularly for very young children. This study describes providers’ perceptions and beliefs about infants’ and toddlers’ physical activity, and assesses their knowledge of physical activity guidelines, to establish if and where providers may need support to promote physical activity in child care settings. Methods: We analyzed baseline data from a pilot randomized-controlled trial conducted in 32 child care centers in Massachusetts, USA. Providers completed physical activity-related questionnaires from which we compared twenty perception and belief questions for infant and toddler care providers. Results: 203 care providers (96% female, mean ± SD age: 32.7 ± 11.2 years) from 29 centers completed questionnaires. A large proportion of providers (n = 114 (61.9%)) believed that infants should be active for 45 minutes or less each day, and only 56 providers (29.7%) perceived toddlers to require more than 90 minutes of activity per day. 97% of providers perceived it was their job to ensure children engaged in a healthy amount of physical activity and most (94.1%) perceived physical activity to be important to own their health, despite 13.3% finding it hard to find the energy to be physically active. Conclusions: This study is the first to assess the physical activity perceptions and attitudes of providers caring for infants and toddlers. Though all providers believed toddlers should engage in more physical activity than infants, most providers believed that young children require only a short amount of physical activity each day, below recommended guidelines. How provider perceptions influence children’s physical activity behavior requires investigation.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherBioMed Centralen
dc.relation.isversionofdoi:10.1186/s12889-015-1477-zen
dc.relation.hasversionhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4334406/pdf/en
dash.licenseLAAen_US
dc.subjectInfantsen
dc.subjectToddlersen
dc.subjectPhysical activityen
dc.subjectChild careen
dc.subjectBaby NAPSACCen
dc.titleAssessing care providers’ perceptions and beliefs about physical activity in infants and toddlers: baseline findings from the Baby NAP SACC studyen
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.description.versionVersion of Recorden
dc.relation.journalBMC Public Healthen
dash.depositing.authorBlaine, Rachel Een_US
dc.date.available2015-03-02T17:37:40Z
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/s12889-015-1477-z*
dash.contributor.affiliatedBlaine, Rachel
dash.contributor.affiliatedGillman, Matthew


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