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Title: Physical activity and nutrition : a study with Year 6 students in local primary schools
Authors: Busuttil, Sabrina
Keywords: Students -- Malta
Nutrition -- Malta
Exercise -- Physiological aspects
Health promotion -- Malta
Physical fitness -- Malta
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: Busuttil, S. (2006). Physical activity and nutrition : a study with Year 6 students in local primary schools (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: This research investigates the relationship between nutrition and levels of exercise in Maltese children. It highlights the fact that eating habits and physical activity may be the two factors why Maltese children do not compare favourably with their European counterparts in weight issues (Lobstein, Rigby and Leach, 2005). The aim of this study is to investigate the nutritional lifestyle of Maltese primary schoolchildren and to check their level of exercise and the quality of exercise duration. The amount of physical activity in schools and in extracurricular activities that the children indulge in is also discussed. The study involves 152 questionnaires for children attending the last year at primary school level. 125 questionnaires, in tum, analyse parents' perceptions regarding nutritional and physical activity issues. Interviews with 7 Heads of Schools provide insight on local implementations regarding such issues. The research is conducted across seven different schools: four state schools, two Church schools and an independent school. The schools, all located across the island, are co-educational, except one Church school. The study concludes that a high consumption of energy-dense foods, in particular refined carbohydrates and fats, as well as low rates of energy expenditure are the reasons why Maltese children top the lists in terms of overweight and obesity. Even though parents are nutritionally aware, often they find it hard to comply with a healthy eating lifestyle. Besides, most never indulge in physical activity. Schools are making great advancements to implement nutritional policies. Endorsement of physical activity, in tum, must be affected not only at an educational level, but also at a macro, national level.
Description: B.ED.(HONS)
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacEdu - 1953-2007

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