Mother, Preschool Children Activity Levels Linked
the MPR take:
A mother's level of physical activity is directly associated with her children’s physical activity, according to research published in the journal Pediatrics. 554 mothers and their 4-year-old children were measured for activity levels via accelerometry for ≤7 days. Mother-child daily activity levels were positively associated at the sedentary, light physical activity (LPA), and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity levels (MVPA). Factors that affected maternal activity levels and were associated with sedentary time and LPA included number of children in the home, working hours, maternal BMI, and age leaving school. Researchers believe providing interventions targeting both mothers and children may increase activity in both groups.
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