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Conference Paper: Built environment and physical activity in Hong Kong pre-schoolers

TitleBuilt environment and physical activity in Hong Kong pre-schoolers
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Issue Date2014
PublisherInternational Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA).
Citation
The 2014 Annual Meeting of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA 2014), San Diego, CA., 21-24 May 2014. In Abstract Book, 2014, p. 76-77, abstract no. S25.3 How to Cite?
AbstractPURPOSE: Hong Kong children have been identified as one of the most inactive populations worldwide. Attributes of the neigh bourhood environment are thought to be important modifiable factors for increasing pre-schoolers’ PA. Thus, the present study aims to identify neighbourhood environmental correlates of PA in Hong Kong pre-schoolers. METHODS: 116 Chinese-speaking parents/primary caregivers and their 3-5 year old pre-schooler were recruited from the Maternal and Child Health Centres (MCHC) of the Department of Health, kindergartens and the community in Hong Kong. Recruitment sites were stratified by area socio-economic status and dwelling density. Parents/caregivers were asked to complete a set of questionnaires (including one on perceived neighbourhood environment) and an activity monitor log for their child. Pre-schoolers’ moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) was measured via accelerometers for a week. Participants that had ≥4 days of valid accelerometry data (including a weekend day) were included in the analyses. RESULTS: Several perceived neighbourhood environmental attributes were associated with MVPA in Hong Kong pre-schoolers. Signs of physical disorder, perceived stranger danger and perceived traffic hazards were negatively related with average daily minutes of MVPA. Perceived traffic safety, availability of outdoor places for play and neighbourhood informal social control were positively associated with daily minutes of MVPA. These effects were not gender specific. CONCLUSIONS: Safety attributes of the neighbourhood environment and availability of outdoor places to play (perceived by parents) are important correlates of PA in Hong Kong pre-schoolers. Environmental interventions aimed at addressing these issues would likely result in increased levels of PA in Hong Kong pre-schoolers.
DescriptionSymposia (S25) - Environmental determinants of children’s physical activity: The IPEN-children study: no. S25.3
The Conference program's website is located at http://www.isbnpa2014.org/scientificProgram.aspx
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/201731

 

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dc.contributor.authorSuen, YNen_US
dc.contributor.authorHuang, Wen_US
dc.contributor.authorMellecker, RRen_US
dc.contributor.authorCerin, Een_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-21T07:39:44Z-
dc.date.available2014-08-21T07:39:44Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 2014 Annual Meeting of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA 2014), San Diego, CA., 21-24 May 2014. In Abstract Book, 2014, p. 76-77, abstract no. S25.3en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/201731-
dc.descriptionSymposia (S25) - Environmental determinants of children’s physical activity: The IPEN-children study: no. S25.3-
dc.descriptionThe Conference program's website is located at http://www.isbnpa2014.org/scientificProgram.aspx-
dc.description.abstractPURPOSE: Hong Kong children have been identified as one of the most inactive populations worldwide. Attributes of the neigh bourhood environment are thought to be important modifiable factors for increasing pre-schoolers’ PA. Thus, the present study aims to identify neighbourhood environmental correlates of PA in Hong Kong pre-schoolers. METHODS: 116 Chinese-speaking parents/primary caregivers and their 3-5 year old pre-schooler were recruited from the Maternal and Child Health Centres (MCHC) of the Department of Health, kindergartens and the community in Hong Kong. Recruitment sites were stratified by area socio-economic status and dwelling density. Parents/caregivers were asked to complete a set of questionnaires (including one on perceived neighbourhood environment) and an activity monitor log for their child. Pre-schoolers’ moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) was measured via accelerometers for a week. Participants that had ≥4 days of valid accelerometry data (including a weekend day) were included in the analyses. RESULTS: Several perceived neighbourhood environmental attributes were associated with MVPA in Hong Kong pre-schoolers. Signs of physical disorder, perceived stranger danger and perceived traffic hazards were negatively related with average daily minutes of MVPA. Perceived traffic safety, availability of outdoor places for play and neighbourhood informal social control were positively associated with daily minutes of MVPA. These effects were not gender specific. CONCLUSIONS: Safety attributes of the neighbourhood environment and availability of outdoor places to play (perceived by parents) are important correlates of PA in Hong Kong pre-schoolers. Environmental interventions aimed at addressing these issues would likely result in increased levels of PA in Hong Kong pre-schoolers.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherInternational Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA).-
dc.relation.ispartofISBNPA 2014 Annual Meeting Abstract booken_US
dc.titleBuilt environment and physical activity in Hong Kong pre-schoolersen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailSuen, YN: suenyn@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailMellecker, RR: robinmel@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailCerin, E: ecerin@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityCerin, E=rp00890en_US
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dc.identifier.hkuros232420en_US
dc.identifier.spage76-
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dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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