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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2011

Preschool outdoor play environment may combine promotion of children's physical activity and sun protection. Further evidence from Southern Sweden and North Carolina

Boldemann, Cecilia; Dal, Henrik; Mårtensson, Fredrika; Cosco, Nilda; Moore, Robin; Bieber, Brad; Blennow, M; Pagels, Peter; Raustorp, Anders; Webster, U.; Söderström, M


Conclusions. - Step count/minute was lower in Raleigh than in Malmo, but in Malmo children at low-scored environments ran a higher risk of sunburn than in Raleigh. Trees and shrubbery integrated in children's playscape trigger both physical activity and sun-protective behaviour in Sweden, and previous measurements in Stockholm were confirmed. Such outdoor environment should be recommended, but the role of season and climate needs to be further explored. (C) 2011 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.


Physical activity; Sun exposure; Outdoor environment; Preschool children

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Science and Sports
2011, Volume: 26, number: 2, pages: 72-82

    Sustainable Development Goals

    SDG4 Quality education

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    Applied Psychology
    Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
    Landscape Architecture

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