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The association between nutrition and physical activity knowledge and weight status of primary school educators

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dc.date.accessioned 2015-02-17 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T17:57:52Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T17:57:52Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/2115
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate primary school educators' health status, knowledge, perceptions and behaviour regarding nutrition and physical activity. Thus, nutrition and physical activity knowledge, attitudes, behaviour and risk factors for the development of non-communicable diseases of 155 educators were assessed in a cross-sectional survey. Height, weight, waist circumference, blood pressure and random glucose levels were measured. Twenty percent of the sample had normal weight (body mass index, 27.7% were overweight and 52.3% were obese. Most of the participants were younger than 45 years, females 78.1%, resided in urban areas, with high blood pressure, and were inactive with a high waist circumference. Educators' nutrition and physical activity knowledge was poor. Sixty-nine percent of educators incorrectly believed that eating starchy foods causes weight gain and only 15% knew that one should eat five or more fruit and/or vegetables per day. Aspects of poor nutritional knowledge, misconceptions regarding actual body weight status, and challenges in changing health behaviours, emerged as issues which need to be addressed among educators. Educators' high risk for developing chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) may impact on educator absenteeism and subsequently on school functioning. The aspects of poor nutrition and physical activity knowledge along with educators' high risk for NCD development may be particularly significant not merely in relation to their personal health but also the learners they teach. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject WEIGHT MANAGEMENT en
dc.subject OBESITY en
dc.subject NUTRITION en
dc.subject PHYSICAL ACTIVITY en
dc.subject PRIMARY EDUCATION en
dc.subject SCHOOL CHILDREN en
dc.title The association between nutrition and physical activity knowledge and weight status of primary school educators en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber XLAMAA en
dc.Volume 34(3) en
dc.BudgetYear 2014/15 en
dc.ResearchGroup Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation en
dc.SourceTitle South African Journal of Education en
dc.ArchiveNumber 8473 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 7235 en
dc.bibliographictitle Dalais, L., Abrahams, Z., Steyn, N.P., De Villiers, A., Fourie, J.M., Hill, J., Lambert, E.V. & Draper, C.E. (2014) The association between nutrition and physical activity knowledge and weight status of primary school educators. <i>South African Journal of Education</i>. 34(3):Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2014 en
dc.contributor.author1 Dalais, L. en
dc.contributor.author2 Abrahams, Z. en
dc.contributor.author3 Steyn, N.P. en
dc.contributor.author4 De Villiers, A. en
dc.contributor.author5 Fourie, J.M. en
dc.contributor.author6 Hill, J. en
dc.contributor.author7 Lambert, E.V. en
dc.contributor.author8 Draper, C.E. en


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