Journal of Environmental and Public Health / 2012 / Article / Tab 3

Research Article

Play Equipment, Physical Activity Opportunities, and Children's Activity Levels at Childcare

Table 3

Backward regression analyses and multilevel analyses of the association between the outdoor childcare physical activity facilities and children’s physical activity levels (number of observations = 689).

Regression analysisa,bMultilevel analysisa,c
Regression coefficient (B) 𝑃 valueRegression coefficient (B) 𝑃 value

Age in years.13.019
Portable jumping equipment.36<.001
0 = not present, 1 = present
Portable slides . 5 5 <.001
0 = not present, 1 = present
Fixed structured track . 5 3 <.001.23.003
0 = not present, 1 = present
Fixed sandbox . 4 9 .002
0 = not present, 1 = present
Fixed swinging equipment . 4 1 .001
0 = not present, 1 = present

aVariables excluded from the analyses because they were present in either all or none of the childcare centers: portable equipment: ball equipment, push/pull toys and riding toys, and sand/water toys, twirling equipment; fixed equipment: merry-go-round, balancing surfaces.
bVariables excluded from the final model because they were nonsignificant: portable equipment: climbing structures, floor play equipment; fixed equipment: climbing structures, see-saw, slides, and tunnels; background variables: sex.
cFinal model comprises a first-order autoregressive (AR1) correlation for repeated measures within children. Other random effects were not included in the final model. Variables excluded from the final model because they were non-significant: portable equipment: climbing structures, floor play equipment, jumping equipment, and slides; fixed equipment: climbing structures, see-saw, slides, tunnels, sandbox, and swinging equipment; background variables: sex, age.

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