Measuring Physical Activity of Youth with Developmental Disabilities Participating in a Summer Camp
Ouren, Sarah R.
Lane, Sally K.
Macy-Middleton, Anna L.
Schmidt, Cecelia M.
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Ouren, Sarah R., Lane, Sally K., Macy-Middleton, Anna L. & Schmidt, Cecelia M. (2011). Measuring Physical Activity of Youth with Developmental Disabilities Participating in a Summer Camp. -- In Proceedings: 7th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 37-38
Keeping healthy weight is a balance between diet and physical activity (PA), with PA important in energy balance and other health benefits. Due to insufficient health-enhancing PA, youth with developmental disabilities (DD) have a higher prevalence of overweight and obesity when compared with their peers. The purpose of this study was to determine a method using pedometers to measure step count during daily activity in a summer program serving youth with DD. Data were collected from 52 children. Mean total number of steps per day were 3392±1474 for boys and 2527±915 for girls. Although mean steps fell short of recognized norms (> 10,000 steps), the study established a protocol for determining the activity of children with DD during summer activity.
Paper presented to the 7th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, May 4, 2011.
Research completed at the Department of Physical Therapy