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.
Published: September 2011
ID #: 63150
Journal: J Am Diet Assoc
Authors: Henderson KE, Grode GM, Middleton AE, Kenney EL, Falbe J, Schwartz MB
The Wellness Child Care Assessment Tool: A Measure to Assess the Quality of Written Nutrition and Physical Activity PoliciesThis paper discusses the development and psychometric properties (range, internal consistency, inter-rater reliability, and construct validity) of an instrument–the Wellness Child Care Assessment Tool–to quantitatively evaluate the comprehensiveness and strength of written nutrition and physical activity policies at preschools and child-care centers. To evaluate the instrument, psychometric analyses were conducted on 94 independent policies from More