The association between parents and children meeting physical activity guidelines

Sarah G.H. Dozier, Krista Schroeder, Jiwoo Lee, Jayne A. Fulkerson, Martha Y. Kubik

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Abstract

Purpose: To examine the association between parents and children meeting physical activity (PA) guidelines, by gender, among 8–12 year old children with BMI ≥75th percentile Design and methods: This was a secondary analysis of baseline data from a school-based healthy weight management intervention in Minnesota for 8–12 year old children. Survey data about PA participation were collected from 2014 through 2018. Analyses entailed descriptive statistics and multivariate logistic regression controlling for child age, race/ethnicity, BMIz, child's perception of parent support for activity, and number of sports played. Results: Children's (n = 132) mean age was 9.32 ± 0.89 years, 49% were female, 63% were members of racial/ethnic minority groups, and 33% met PA Guidelines (≥60 minutes daily). Parents' (n = 132) mean age was 39.11 ± 7.05 years, mean BMI of 30.90 ± 8.44, 94% were female, 42% were members of racial/ethnic minority groups, and 57% met PA Guidelines for Americans (≥150 minutes moderate or >75 minutes vigorous PA weekly). There was no association between parents and children meeting PA guidelines for the total sample (OR = 1.43, 95% CI = 0.63–3.24, p = 0.39) or girls (OR = 0.65, 95% CI = 0.18–2.33, p = 0.51). Boys whose parents met PA guidelines had 3.84 times greater odds of meeting PA guidelines (95% CI = 1.28–13.4, p = 0.04). Conclusions: PA interventions for boys may benefit from focus on parents' PA. Further research should investigate correlates of girls' PA. Practice implications: Pediatric nurses working with children to increase PA should encourage parents' PA. For parents of boys, this may increase the child's PA. Considered broadly, nurses should be aware of gender influences on children's engagement in PA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-75
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of pediatric nursing
Volume52
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2020

Keywords

  • Child
  • Parent
  • Physical activity
  • Pre-adolescent

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  • Journal Article

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