Canadian Physical Activity and Screen Time Guidelines: Do Children Know?
Objective: Few people are aware of current physical activity (PA), or screen time (ST) guidelines. No study has examined children's awareness. This study examined guideline awareness among Canadian children. Methods: Children (N = 1010, 55% girls) were asked to identify PA and ST guidelines. Behavior also was measured by accelerometry in a subsample of children (N = 223, 61.9% girls). Results: Overall, children knew PA guidelines (71.6%), but not ST guidelines (20.0%). In adjusted models, children's guidelines knowledge did not differ by activity level but showed significant associations between PA, ST, and self-perceptions of PA. Conclusions: Regardless of activity level, children correctly identified current PA guidelines but not ST guidelines. It may be beneficial to create public health policies or interventions to improve guideline awareness.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: ParticipACTION, Toronto, ON, Canada
Publication date: September 1, 2016
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