Physical activity level of kindergarten staff working with toddlers and older children in Norway
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionKippe, K. O. & Lagestad, P. A. (2020). Physical activity level of kindergarten staff working with toddlers and older children in Norway. Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, 66(1), 221-228. doi: 10.3233/WOR-203166
BACKGROUND: Research suggests that one-third of Norwegian adults satisfy national health recommendations for physical activity, but little knowledge exists regarding activity levels in different occupations. OBJECTIVES: This study investigates the level at which kindergarten staff fulfil these health recommendations, and examines differences in physical activity levels of staff working mainly with toddlers (1–3 years) and older children (4–6 years). The study also investigates physical activity level during working time and leisure time. METHODS: Physical activity levels among 43 kindergarten staff members were measured utilizing accelerometers and questionnaires. RESULTS: The results demonstrate that 86% of kindergarten staff satisfy the health recommendations for physical activity. Moreover, kindergarten staff working with older children were significantly more physically active than staff working with toddlers. CONCLUSIONS: Physical activity level during working time was found to be of major significance for fulfilling the health recommendations among kindergarten staff working with toddlers.