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Consider a young child’s physical and motor development in the context of how they move throughout a typical day. It is usually a combination of sleeping, sitting, standing, and different intensities of physical activity, the latter mostly in the form of play and other activities of daily living. Unfortunately, we know little about how these behaviours–individually and in combination–influence one another and how they relate to healthy growth and development. The primary aim of this study is to determine the proportion of 3-to 4-year-old children who meet the World Health Organization(WHO) Global 24-hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years. The SUNRISE project is being conducted in multiple locations across Canada as well as 63 other countries worldwide! The study includes four main parts for participating parents and their 3 or 4-year-old children:

  1. A parent questionnaire, which includes various questions about your child's movement behaviours; such as sleep habits, time spent outdoors and usage of screen time (takes about 15-20 minutes to complete).

  2. An activity monitor, that the participating child will wear for 7 days. Parents will be asked to ensure that their child is correctly wearing their activity monitor and provide details about times that the device was removed. 

  3. A sleep diary, where parents will record the times that their child goes to bed each night, what time they get out of bed in the morning, and any time that they napped throughout the day for 7 days.

  4. A data collection session, where researchers will attend the childcare centre and perform a few motor and cognitive skills tests to measure things like grip strength, balance, and memory. This will be coordinated with the childcare centre directly and parents do not need to be present for data collection. 

In appreciation of your participation in this study, parents will receive a $25 gift card from any retailer of your choosing.


For more information about this study, please see the link or contact Myranda Hawthorne at

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