Master of Science (MS)
Sports Education Leadership
First Committee Member
Doris L. WatSon
Number of Pages
Obesity is increasing for preschool children and a better understanding of preschool physical activity (PA) may help combat obesity. The purpose of this study was to examine preschool PA behaviors during outdoor time. Girls (n = 9) and boys (n = 12) from the UNLV preschool (M age = 59.6 months) wore a pedometer and were observed once during morning outdoor time and once during afternoon outdoor time using the modified OSRAC-P. Focus groups were conducted with 6 girls and 6 boys who drew pictures, talked about outdoor time favorites, and identified their favorite place to play using photographs. Steps per minute and PA level scores were highly correlated. The 2 sex by 2 outdoor times repeated measures ANOVA revealed that boys were more active then girls, however there was no time main effect or interaction. Direct observation data provided information regarding the PA level, type, and context of PA behaviors.
Activities; Behaviors; Outdoor; Physical; Preschool; Time
Early childhood education; Health education
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Young, Jenelle L, "Preschool physical activity behaviors during outdoor time" (2007). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2200.