Recent reports indicate an increasing prevalence of overweight among Filipino children. Considering the known association of physical activity (PA) with obesity, this study reports the findings of an objective monitoring of PA in a sample of Filipino children. The study also explores the relationship of PA with fundamental movement skills (FMS) proficiency. Thirty-two children (6.54 ± 2.45 years old) wore an accelerometer for 7 days of PA monitoring and were assessed on five FMS (throw, catch, kick, run, jump). The children met the World Health Organization's recommendation of 60 min of PA per day, with more active time being accrued during weekdays than weekends. Children with greater FMS proficiency were found to spend more time in PA than those who were less skillful during weekends. Further research is recommended to examine PA and FMS proficiency associations, exploring the role of social interactions on weekends and weekdays. Copyright © 2014 Japan Pediatric Society.
CitationCapio, C. M., Sit, C. H. P., Eguia, K. F., & Abernethy, B. (2014). Physical activity and movement skills proficiency of young Filipino children. Pediatrics International, 56(4), 651-653. doi: 10.1111/ped.12436
- Movement skills
- Physical activity