Child Physical Activity Monitoring Project
Obesity has emerged as a significant problem among children. It is assumed that a lack of physical activity is a key factor, but there are few objective measurements of activity in both overweight and normal weight children, and how activity relates to body composition. The goal of this project is to provide a quantitative measure of body composition and physical activity through the normal day of children as an element of a routine health report card. The research includes the feasibility assessment of objective activity measurement devices such as accelerometers. Simultaneously, tools to measure physical activity will be interfaced to data analysis technologies to interpret physical activity as spontaneous play, exercise, eating, study and sleep.