Published: September 2011

ID #: 63150

Journal: J Am Diet Assoc

Authors: Henderson KE, Grode GM, Middleton AE, Kenney EL, Falbe J, Schwartz MB

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This paper discusses the development and validity of a self-administered survey to assess the nutrition and physical activity environment of child-care centers. The survey assesses four areas related to nutrition and physical activity: center policies, practices related to the social environment, physical environment and nutrition quality. To evaluate criterion validity of the survey, researchers compared survey data to data collected through in-person interviews and direct observation. The self-report survey demonstrated adequate criterion validity for evaluating the child-care nutrition and physical activity environment. Agreement was highest for nutrition and policy domains and lowest for physical activity and barriers to promoting health.

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