The aim of this study was to compare the physical activity levels of children during fullday and half-day kindergarten. Of the 47 children who participated in this study, 22 (girls = 50%) attended full-day kindergarten and 25 (girls = 40%) attended half-days. Actigraph activity monitors were used to assess physical activity and sedentary behavior of the children. We found that children were more active during full-day kindergarten. The rates of light-intensity physical activity were significantly higher during full-day kindergarten. However, levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) were quite low, and efforts to promote MVPA would be beneficial.
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Talley, Lauren; Cook, Ryan; Naylor, Patti-Jean; and Temple, Viviene Anne
"Physical Activity during Full-Day and Half-Day Kindergarten,"
Northwest Journal of Teacher Education: Vol. 10
, Article 14.