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Conference Paper: Connecting to nature: promoting healthy lifestyle in preschool children in Hong Kong

TitleConnecting to nature: promoting healthy lifestyle in preschool children in Hong Kong
Authors
Issue Date2014
Citation
The BIT's 2nd Annual World Congress of Nutrition and Health (WCNH-2014), Taiyuan, China, 24-26 October 2014. How to Cite?
AbstractChildren are increasingly exposed to various unhealthy practices, which is reflected in decreased outdoor playtime, increased sedentary behaviour, high caloric food intake, and lack of sleep. Sedentary behaviour is increasing worldwide and Hong Kong is a part of this negative trend. Possible explanation is that urban environmental factors are not stimulating physical activity (PA) in young children. Eating habits of children are not optimal either and as reported, up to 76% of young children would need to improve their diet. The unhealthy practices early in life translate into overweight in children, which has become an increasing public health problem. In their observational study in Hong Kong, Leung et al. describe that overweight/obesity starts already as early as 6 months after birth and by thee age of 24 months, as much as 4.7% of the children were overweight. To date the most successful lifestyle changing interventions have focused on physical activity (PA) and dietary habits; none has taken the Connectedness to Nature (CN) into account, a new area of research which has recently been gaining more attention. Meanwhile, research on CN has shown that spending more time in nature increases physical activity, reduces stress, enhances healthy sleep, and increases general well-being in adults. The aim of present research project is to test whether an increase of CN in families with preschool children will lead to an increase in PA and positively modify healthy diet in children. We expect that CN can be increased through activities and education, by means of interventions. This, in turn, will increase time spent outdoors, PA in general and will promote healthy diet in children.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/215747

 

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dc.contributor.authorSobko, T-
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-21T13:37:15Z-
dc.date.available2015-08-21T13:37:15Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationThe BIT's 2nd Annual World Congress of Nutrition and Health (WCNH-2014), Taiyuan, China, 24-26 October 2014.-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/215747-
dc.description.abstractChildren are increasingly exposed to various unhealthy practices, which is reflected in decreased outdoor playtime, increased sedentary behaviour, high caloric food intake, and lack of sleep. Sedentary behaviour is increasing worldwide and Hong Kong is a part of this negative trend. Possible explanation is that urban environmental factors are not stimulating physical activity (PA) in young children. Eating habits of children are not optimal either and as reported, up to 76% of young children would need to improve their diet. The unhealthy practices early in life translate into overweight in children, which has become an increasing public health problem. In their observational study in Hong Kong, Leung et al. describe that overweight/obesity starts already as early as 6 months after birth and by thee age of 24 months, as much as 4.7% of the children were overweight. To date the most successful lifestyle changing interventions have focused on physical activity (PA) and dietary habits; none has taken the Connectedness to Nature (CN) into account, a new area of research which has recently been gaining more attention. Meanwhile, research on CN has shown that spending more time in nature increases physical activity, reduces stress, enhances healthy sleep, and increases general well-being in adults. The aim of present research project is to test whether an increase of CN in families with preschool children will lead to an increase in PA and positively modify healthy diet in children. We expect that CN can be increased through activities and education, by means of interventions. This, in turn, will increase time spent outdoors, PA in general and will promote healthy diet in children.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofAnnual World Congress of Nutrition and Health, WCNH-2014-
dc.titleConnecting to nature: promoting healthy lifestyle in preschool children in Hong Kong-
dc.typeConference_Paper-
dc.identifier.emailSobko, T: tsobko@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authoritySobko, T=rp01843-
dc.identifier.hkuros249211-

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