Early childhood nutrition, active outdoor play and sources of information for families living in highly socially disadvantaged locations
Judith Myers, Kay Gibbons, Sarah Arnup, Evelyn Volders, Geraldine Naughton
JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2015
AIMS: To compare nutrition and active play of children aged 0-4 years attending Supported Playgroups and mainstream services and to compare access, understanding and application of health information within these families. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of children aged 0-4 years attending early childhood services. Following stratified random sampling, 81 parents of children attending Supported Playgroups in two highly disadvantaged municipalities of Victoria, Australia were surveyed about children's nutrition, active outdoor play/screen time and access to health information. Responses were dichotomised based on national recommendations and compared with 331 children attending maternal and..View full abstract
The authors acknowledge all families of young children who participated in the study and practitioners from maternal and child health centres, childcare centres and Supported Playgroups in the locations who facilitated access to families for the study. The project was funded by the Department of Health, Victoria.