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Physical Activity of Preschool-aged Latino Children in Farmworker Families

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Objective: To describe time spent in sedentary and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) by children in Latino farmworker families and delineate sources of variation in sedentary and MVPA. Method: Data were from mother-child dyads (N = 248) in Latino farmworker households in North Carolina. Physical activity was assessed using accelerometers; mothers described their children's characteristics and their physical and social environments. Results: Children spent 6.2 hours/day sedentary (Median=369 minutes), and 6.0 minutes/day in MVPA. Children in Head Start spent more time sedentary, whereas children living where dogs roam freely were less sedentary. Children whose mothers limited screen time spent 2 more minutes in MVPA. Conclusions: Preschool-aged Latino children in farmworker families are sedentary, engaging in little MVPA.
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Keywords: FARMWORKERS; LATINOS; PHYSICAL ACTIVITY; PRESCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Oklahoma State University, Center for Family Resilience, Department of Human Development and Family Science, Tulsa OK, USA. [email protected] 2: Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of Biostatistical Sciences, Winston-Salem, NC, USA 3: Oklahoma State University, USA 4: Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Prevention 5: Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine 6: Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of Biostatistical Sciences

Publication date: September 1, 2014

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