Associations between Parent-Child Nature Visits and Sleep, Physical Activity and Weight Status among Finnish 3-6-Year-Olds

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Kokkonen , J-M , Vepsäläinen , H , Abdollahi , A , Paasio , H , Ranta , S , Erkkola , M , Roos , E & Ray , C 2021 , ' Associations between Parent-Child Nature Visits and Sleep, Physical Activity and Weight Status among Finnish 3-6-Year-Olds ' , International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , vol. 18 , no. 23 , 12426 . https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182312426

Title: Associations between Parent-Child Nature Visits and Sleep, Physical Activity and Weight Status among Finnish 3-6-Year-Olds
Author: Kokkonen, Juuli-Mari; Vepsäläinen, Henna; Abdollahi, Anna; Paasio, Hanna; Ranta, Samuli; Erkkola, Maijaliisa; Roos, Eva; Ray, Carola
Contributor organization: Department of Food and Nutrition
Teachers' Academy
Family nutrition and wellbeing
Maijaliisa Erkkola / Principal Investigator
Department of Public Health
Eva Roos / Principal Investigator
Date: 2021-12
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
ISSN: 1661-7827
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182312426
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/338736
Abstract: Nature visits and nature exposure have been shown to be favorably associated with children's health and development, but the research regarding their associations with children's lifestyle habits is limited. The current study aimed to investigate the associations between the frequency of parent-child nature visits and sleep, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and weight status among three- to six-year-old Finnish preschoolers. Parents and their children (n = 864) participated in a cross-sectional DAGIS (increased health and wellbeing in preschools) study, which was conducted between 2015 and 2016 in Finland. In total, 798 parents answered a questionnaire on the frequency of parent-child nature visits, which also included questions on sociodemographic factors and their children's sleep habits. Parents also reported children's bedtimes and wake-up times and children wore an accelerometer for seven days. Trained researchers measured children's weight and height. Linear and logistic regression analyses were conducted. More frequent parent-child nature visits were associated with children's longer sleep duration at night, higher amounts of MVPA outside preschool time and, among girls, good sleep consistency. The frequency of parent-child nature visits was not significantly associated with whether children were overweight or obese or not. Promoting parent-child nature visits could be a cost-effective way to increase young children's MVPA and enhance night-time sleep.
Subject: outdoor visits
sleep consistency
recreation
actigraph
overweight
young children
BODY-MASS INDEX
PRESCHOOL-CHILDREN
SCREEN TIME
HEALTH
NEIGHBORHOOD
OBESITY
PLAY
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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