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Degree Type


Degree Name

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

Controlled Subject

Early childhood education; Health education

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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