Physical activity and movement skills proficiency of young Filipino children

Catherine Mamaid CAPIO, Cindy H. P. SIT, Kathlynne F. EGUIA, Bruce ABERNETHY

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-653
JournalPediatrics International
Volume56
Issue number4
Early online date01 Jul 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014

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Capio, 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

Keywords

  • Children
  • Movement skills
  • Philippines
  • Physical activity