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

 

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dc.contributor.author Dalais, Lucinda
dc.contributor.author Abrahams, Zulfa
dc.contributor.author Steyn, Nelia P
dc.contributor.author de Villiers, Anniza
dc.contributor.author Fourie, Jean M
dc.contributor.author Hill, Jillian
dc.contributor.author Lambert, Estelle V
dc.contributor.author Draper, Catherine E
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-26T13:27:12Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-26T13:27:12Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Dalais, L., Abrahams, Z., Steyn, N. P., De Villiers, A., Fourie, J. M., Hill, J., ... & Draper, C. E. (2014). The association between nutrition and physical activity knowledge and weight status of primary school educators. South African Journal of Education, 34(3), 01-08.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25824
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 (BMI, kg/m2) < 25), 27.7% were overweight (BMI> 25 to < 30) and 52.3% were obese (BMI < 30). Most of the participants were younger than 45 years (54.2%), females 78.1%, resided in urban areas (50.3%), with high blood pressure (> 140/90 mmHg: 50.3%), and were inactive (48.7%) with a high waist circumference (> 82 cm: 57.4%). 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.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.source South African Journal of Education
dc.source.uri http://www.sajournalofeducation.co.za/index.php/saje
dc.subject.other body weight
dc.subject.other educators
dc.subject.other health
dc.subject.other knowledge
dc.subject.other non-communicable diseases
dc.subject.other nutrition
dc.subject.other perceptions
dc.subject.other physical activity
dc.subject.other primary schools
dc.subject.other risk factors
dc.title The association between nutrition and physical activity knowledge and weight status of primary school educators
dc.type Journal Article
dc.date.updated 2017-10-26T13:26:50Z
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences en_ZA
dc.publisher.department MRC/UCT RU for Exercise and Sport Medicine en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Dalais, L., Abrahams, Z., Steyn, N. P., de Villiers, A., Fourie, J. M., Hill, J., ... 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>, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25824 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Dalais, Lucinda, Zulfa Abrahams, Nelia P Steyn, Anniza de Villiers, Jean M Fourie, Jillian Hill, Estelle V Lambert, and Catherine E Draper "The association between nutrition and physical activity knowledge and weight status of primary school educators." <i>South African Journal of Education</i> (2014) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25824 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Dalais L, Abrahams Z, Steyn NP, de Villiers A, Fourie JM, Hill J, et al. The association between nutrition and physical activity knowledge and weight status of primary school educators. South African Journal of Education. 2014; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25824. en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - AU - Dalais, Lucinda AU - Abrahams, Zulfa AU - Steyn, Nelia P AU - de Villiers, Anniza AU - Fourie, Jean M AU - Hill, Jillian AU - Lambert, Estelle V AU - Draper, Catherine E AB - 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 (BMI, kg/m2) < 25), 27.7% were overweight (BMI> 25 to < 30) and 52.3% were obese (BMI < 30). Most of the participants were younger than 45 years (54.2%), females 78.1%, resided in urban areas (50.3%), with high blood pressure (> 140/90 mmHg: 50.3%), and were inactive (48.7%) with a high waist circumference (> 82 cm: 57.4%). 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. DA - 2014 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town J1 - South African Journal of Education LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2014 T1 - The association between nutrition and physical activity knowledge and weight status of primary school educators TI - The association between nutrition and physical activity knowledge and weight status of primary school educators UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25824 ER - en_ZA


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