Journal article

Backyard benefits? A cross-sectional study of yard size and greenness and children's physical activity and outdoor play

Jessica Oakley, Rachel L Peters, Melissa Wake, Anneke C Grobler, Jessica A Kerr, Kate Lycett, Raisa Cassim, Melissa Russell, Cong Sun, Mimi LK Tang, Jennifer J Koplin, Suzanne Mavoa

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The home environment is the most important location in young children's lives, yet few studies have examined the relationship between the outdoor home environment and child physical activity levels, and even fewer have used objectively measured exposures and outcomes. This study examined relationships between objectively assessed home yard size and greenness, and child physical activity and outdoor play. METHODS: Data were drawn from the HealthNuts study, a longitudinal study of 5276 children in Melbourne, Australia. We used cross-sectional data from a sample at Wave 3 (2013-2016) when participants were aged 6 years (n = 1648). A sub-sample of 391 children had valid accelerometer..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowships


Funding Acknowledgements

SM, RLP, and KL are supported by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowships (#1121035, #1160779, #1091124 respectively).The HealthNuts study is supported by funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia, Ilhan Food Allergy Foundation, AnaphylaxiStop, the Charles and Sylvia Viertel Medical Research Foundation, the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.