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Title: Preschool Children’s Healthy Life Attitudes in Greece
Authors: Νατσιοπούλου, Τριανταφυλλιά
Τζόλια, Κ.
Λαλούμη - Βιδάλη, Ευαγγελία
Ομάδα Έρευνας, Πρόγραμμα Αρχιμήδης
Item type: Conference publication
Keywords: child care centers;Healthy eating habits;Hygiene rules;Physical activities;Healthy habits
Subjects: Education, Preschool
Προσχολική αγωγή
Issue Date: 12-Jul-2014
Date of availability: 12-Jul-2014
Publisher: Μαρβάκη, Χριστίνα
Abstract: The present paper discusses the eating habits, the personal hygiene rules and the physical activities of 192 parents and their children, aged 3‐4. The research demonstrated that: a) As far as diet is concerned, the children/subjects were mostly following a Mediterranean type of diet, which involves meat, dairy products and legumes; however, they were consuming great quantities of sweets and small quantities of vegetables and fruits. b) As regards hygiene, the children were quite careful that the fruits and utensils they used were clean, but they were taking less care of washing their hands and brushing their teeth. c) Concerning physical activities, the children were involved mostly in vigorous activities, but they were also watching television on a daily basis.The differences among the subjects were identified in terms of: a) residence. The children living in advantaged areas were found to consume more fruits, which they washed first, and also washed their hands and brushed their teeth more frequently than the children who lived in depressed areas. b) gender. The girls played video games more than the boys, whereas the boys played with balls, or skippingrope, hula‐hoop etc. c) age. The children, aged four, were more receptive to advice about how to chew their food and played outdoor games more frequently than the children aged three and a half. d) weight. The overweight children participating in the research were found to eat more vegetables and the percentage of the parents who were not joining in children’s energy‐requiring physical activities (bicycling, walking etc.) was smaller in comparison with the percentage of parents whose children had normal weight.
Description: This study was funded by a research grant from the Greek Ministry of Education and the European Union, E.P.E.A.E.K., Action 2.2.3, (Code 87301), Dept. of Early Childhood Care & Education, ATEI Thessaloniki. Research Group of Archimedes Project: Evridiki Zachopoulou, , Efthimios Kioumourtzoglou, Elizana Polatou, Ioannis Papastathis, Chrisoula Melissa‐ Chalkiopoulou, Efthimios Trevlas, Megalonidou Christina, Elisavet Konstadinidou.
Language: English
Citation: Natsiopoulou, T., Tzolia, K., Laloumi-Vidali, E., Research Group of Archimedes Project. (2007). Preschool Children’s Healthy Life Attitudes in Greece. "Health Science Journal". 1 (2), 26-38.
Journal: Health Science Journal
Type of Journal: With a review process (peer review)
Access scheme: Publicly accessible
License: Αναφορά Δημιουργού-Μη Εμπορική Χρήση-Όχι Παράγωγα Έργα 3.0 Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες
Appears in Collections:Τόμος 1, τεύχος 2 (Απρ. - Ιουν. 2007)

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