Master of Science (MS)
body mass index, children, obesity, overweight, physical activity
This study compared the relationships between parental physical activity levels and their child's body mass index (BMI) using a convenience sample of volunteer parents at a school-based health clinic. Anonymously, parents completed a seven-question survey utilizing the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ). The data analysis indicated that parental physical activity did not have a significant influence on a child's BMI. Forty-two percent of the children were overweight or at risk for overweight, demonstrating the need for increased physical activity and improved nutritional guidance. The school nurse has a significant role in providing education about health, nutrition, and obesity prevention strategies for students, staff members, and families.
Carbajal, Juracia, "The Relationship Between Parental Physical Activity Levels and Their Child's Body Mass Index" (2006). Master's Projects. 750.