Behaviors of Eating and Activity for Children’s Health: Evaluation System (BEACHES)￼
Author of Tool:
Thomas L. McKenzie, Ph.D.
1. McKenzie, T. L., Sallis, J. F., Patterson, T. L., Elder, J. P., Berry, C. C., Rupp, J. W., Atkins, C. J., Buono, M. J., & Nader, P. R. (1991). BEACHES: An observational system for assessing children’s eating and physical activity behaviors and associated events. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 24, 141-151.
2. McKenzie, T. L., Sallis, J. F., Nader, P. R., Broyles, S. L., & Nelson, J. A. (1992). Anglo- and Mexican-American preschoolers at home and at recess: Activity patterns and environmental influences. Journal of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics, 13, 173-180.
3. Sallis, J. F., Nader, P. R., Broyles, S. L., Elder, J. P., Berry, C. C., McKenzie, T. L., & Nelson, J. A. (1993). Correlates of physical activity at home in Mexican-American and Anglo-American children. Health Psychology, 12, 390-398.
4. McKenzie, T. L., Sallis, J. F., Elder, J. P., Broyles, S. L., Berry, C. C., Hoy, P. L., Nader, P. R., Zive, M, & Broyles, S. L.. (1997). Physical activity levels and prompts in young children at school recess: A two-year study of a bi-ethnic sample. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 68, 195-202.
Primary use / Purpose:
To obtain objective data on children’s at home physical activity and sedentary behaviors and selected environmental (social and physical) variables that may influence these events.
The Behaviors of Eating and Activity for Children’s Health: Evaluation System (BEACHES) is a direct observation system used to simultaneously record children’s physical activity and sedentary behaviors as well as related environmental characteristics and events. The physical activity codes have been validated using heart rate monitors and accelerometers, and the system can be used in homes, schools, and most settings where children might be found.The original system was developed within the framework of behavioral analysis and included coding for 10 separate dimensions. These dimensions have been modified to relate to the specific aims and study questions of AVENTURAS. The modified version is presented here.