Exploring early childhood playground design as a strategy for obesity prevention

Deepika Mathur, Supriya Mathew, Brendon Hyndman, Elizabeth Mcdonald, Anne B. Chang, Rolf Gerritsen

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Increasing physical activity is a crucial preventive strategy to develop young children’s health habits across their lifespan. Participation in physical activity, particularly among children, not only reduces obesity but also contributes to the prevention of chronic diseases. One way of establishing early habits of physical activity is by increasing active play in preschool children. Limited evidence exists at the preschool level on young children’s use of pre-school playgrounds, and even less on seasonal variation of play. This pilot study aimed to map activity levels of three to five-year olds in a pre-school playground in order to identify physical activity levels undertaken in the outdoor play areas and how these physical activities varied across seasons. The findings indicate a variation in play patterns and activity levels in different seasons and highlight the need for a larger research study that examines this phenomenon in more diverse contexts. More importantly, the findings suggest the need for appropriate methodologies that can best capture data for examining therelationship between the physical environment of pre-school playgrounds and improved physical activity outcomes in young children.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeveloping Northern Australia Conference 2017
Subtitle of host publicationProgress, growth and investment
Place of PublicationNerang, Queensland
PublisherAssociation for Sustainability in Business Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781922232618
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
EventDeveloping Northern Australia Conference 2017 - Pullman Cairns International, Cairns, Australia
Duration: 19 Jun 201720 Jun 2017
https://web.archive.org/web/20170709092739/https://northaust.org.au/ (Conference website)


ConferenceDeveloping Northern Australia Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleProgress, Growth and Investment
OtherThe Developing Northern Australia Conference was held at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 June 2017.

Cairns was chosen as the destination for this annual conference following on from Townsville in 2015 and Darwin in 2016 and focused on the theme of Progress, Growth and Investment in driving initiatives in the development of northern Australia.

Topics presented and discussed included land and water; food and agribusiness; forestry; resources and energy; tourism and hospitality; international education; healthcare and medical research; infrastructure; workforce opportunities; indigenous-led northern development; and developing strategic links as the Gateway to Asia.

The program featured speakers that discussed the key opportunities and challenges in progressing northern Australia through growth and investment whilst the session presentations from industry leaders will focus on specialist topic areas. This brought together delegates from all over Australia to include thought provoking forums, opportunities to network at events and throughout the exhibitor floor and learn more about the influences and factors in developing northern Australia.
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