Since 2010, our research team has conducted the Health Outcomes and Physical activity in Preschoolers (HOPP) study. This study followed the physical activity and health of approximately 400 boys and girls ages 3, 4, and 5 over three years. We now have the opportunity with the SKIP study to continue following these children as they grow into school-aged kids.
The early years are known as a critical period for the development of active living behaviours. But we do not know if the benefits of physical activity can be "banked" over time or if health status is influenced more by recent physical activity levels.
Our overall goal is to try to understand the influence physical activity in the early years has on health during the school years.
This study is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Children in the SKIP Study will complete annual assessments of health measures, fitness, nutrition and physical activity, similar to the HOPP study. Participation involves one visit to McMaster Children's Hospital once every year. During the visit, we will assess the following:
We will be asking boys and girls between 6-11 years old who took part in the HOPP study to participate in the SKIP study.