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Table 5 Physical activity levels across settings in high- vs. low-active children

From: Descriptive analysis of preschool physical activity and sedentary behaviors – a cross sectional study of 3-year-olds nested in the SKOT cohort

  Mean total PA (CPM) Sedentary behavior (% of time) MPVA (% of time)
  Q1 Q4** Q1 Q4** Q1 Q4**
Boys
 All days, overall 441 ± 63* 742 ± 95 58.1 ± 4.1* 49.7 ± 5.1 8.1 ± 1.5* 13.8 ± 2.0
 DC-day 447 ± 82* 754 ± 110 57.0 ± 4.1* 48.3 ± 5.0d 8.2 ± 2.2* 14.5 ± 2.5
 Before DC*** 306 ± 77 447 ± 141 66.5 ± 5.5 61.2 ± 7.3 5.3 ± 1.8 8.3 ± 3.5
 In DC 488 ± 128* a 823 ± 178a 53.4 ± 8.1* a,b 43.3 ± 6.8a,c 8.9 ± 3.1* a 16.5 ± 4.2a,e
 After DC 446 ± 104 750 ± 175 58.1 ± 5.7* 51.1 ± 8.5 8.4 ± 2.7* 13.8 ± 3.9
 Non-DC-day 431 ± 73* 725 ± 151 58.7 ± 4.9* 50.7 ± 6.5 7.8 ± 1.7* 13.3 ± 2.7
Girls
 All days, overall 371 ± 50 693 ± 86 61.8 ± 3.6 49.1 ± 3.9 6.3 ± 1.3 13.2 ± 2.3
 DC-day 379 ± 71 701 ± 113 61.5 ± 5.0 48.3 ± 4.5 6.6 ± 1.7 13.4 ± 2.4
 Before DC*** 296 ± 121 409 ± 98 67.4 ± 7.7 59.1 ± 7.2 5.0 ± 2.8 7.3 ± 2.4
 In DC 384 ± 97a 773 ± 202a 60.0 ± 7.6a 45.4 ± 4.4a,e 6.6 ± 2.3a 14.7 ± 4.0a
 After DC 390 ± 109 675 ± 183 62.1 ± 7.3 49.8 ± 7.6 6.9 ± 2.4 13.3 ± 3.7
 Non-DC-day 369 ± 57 695 ± 130 61.6 ± 4.3 50.0 ± 5.1 6.3 ± 1.4 13.2 ± 2.9
  1. CPM counts per minute, Q1 1st quartile (least active children), Q4 4th quartile (most active children), MVPA moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, DC daycare
  2. : significant influence of settings on levels of all outcomes examined *: significant sex differences. **: significant differences between Q4 and Q1across all settings. ***: least active setting, a: significant different from before daycare, b: borderline significant different from after daycare, c: significant different from after daycare, d: borderline significant from non-DC-days, e: borderline significant from after daycare. *): all p-values < 0.04, **): all p-values < 0.003, a): all p-values < 0.02), b), d): p = 0.06, c): p = 0.003, e): p = 0.07