The Health and Nutrition of Children in Military Families.
Final rept. Feb 95-Aug 97,
MARYWOOD COLL SCRANTON PA MILITARY FAMILY INST
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The Health and Nutrition of Children in Military Families survey was conducted by the Military Family Institute MFl at Marywood University. The purpose of the study was to obtain baseline data for a number of modifiable and interrelated health and nutrition behaviors of preschool children living in military families. Specific content areas included diet and eating habits, physical activity and television viewing, weight status, environmental tobacco smoke exposure, health indices including the childrens immunization levels, use of support services, as well as family and military experiences. A questionnaire was sent during Summer 1996 to a world-wide stratified, probability sample of 10,691 military parents who had a child born between 1990 and 1992. Study results identified numerous strengths, concerns and implications in all content areas for the military preschoolers. While military children are similar to their civilian counterparts in many of the areas studied, this does not obviate the necessity to consistently improve the health and nutrition behaviors of these preschoolers. The Department of Defense should continue present programming, while at the same focus efforts and resources on the targeted areas of concern.
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