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Year : 2017 | Month : March | Volume : 11 | Issue : 3 | Page : OC51 - OC56

Children’s Physical Activity Awareness among Mothers in a Saudi Arabian Health Center

Maysah Amer, Ghada Al Arfaj, Abdulaziz A Alodhayani

1. Family Medicine Physician, Department of Family Medicne, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 2. Family Medicine Physician, Department of Family Medicne, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 3. Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicne and Community, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Correspondence Address :
Dr. Maysah Amer,
Family Medicine Physician, Department of Family Medicne, Prince Sulatan Military Medical City, Riyadh-12233, Saudi Arabia.
E-mail: dr.m-amer@hotmail.com

Abstract

Introduction: Physical inactivity is a major contributor to the increasing levels of obesity and other serious medical conditions among children and adolescents worldwide. A major factor in this increase is lack of awareness of mothers’ regarding the Physical Activity (PA) of their children.

Aim: The current study aimed to identify the degree of knowledge and awareness of Saudi mothers’ regarding their children’s physical activities, which will be useful for improving physical education, health programs, and eventually children's health care.

Materials and Methods: A total of 342 mothers attending a vaccination clinic, well-baby, or women’s health clinic participated in the study, in which questionnaire was used to assess the awareness regarding PA.

Results: The majority of mothers agreed that they have a crucial role in motivating their children to engage in PA, but was not aware of current recommendations.

Conclusion: Awareness of Saudi mothers’ regarding their children’s PA was exceedingly low. Creating awareness of children’s PA is essential.

Keywords

Awareness, Physical activity, Saudi mothers, Vaccination clinic

How to cite this article :

Maysah Amer, Ghada Al Arfaj, Abdulaziz A Alodhayani. CHILDREN’S PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AWARENESS AMONG MOTHERS IN A SAUDI ARABIAN HEALTH CENTER. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2017 March [cited: 2017 Apr 29 ]; 11:OC51-OC56. Available from
http://jcdr.net/back_issues.asp?issn=0973-709x&year=2017&month=March&volume=11&issue=3&page=OC51-OC56&id=9602

DOI and Others

DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2017/25768.9602


Date of Submission: Dec 01, 2016
Date of Peer Review: Dec 09, 2016
Date of Acceptance: Dec 16, 2016
Date of Publishing: Mar 01, 2017


Financial OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.

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