Physical activity in children: Does how we define neighbourhood matter

AP Jones, EM Van Sluijs, A Ness, RJ Haynes, CJ Riddoch

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:
Little is known about how the type and context of physical activity behaviors varies among adolescents with differing activity levels. The aim of this study was to assess differences in the type and context of physical activity behaviors in adolescents by level of objectively measured physical activity.
METHODS:
Cross-sectional analysis of 2728 adolescents (1299 males, 1429 females) participating in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). The mean (SD) age was 13.8 (+0.1) years. Physical activity was measured using an Actigraph over 7 days. Adolescents were categorized into tertiles of activity (less, moderately, highly active) using counts/min and min/d of moderate-to-vigorous activity (MVPA). Activity type was reported using the Previous Day Physical Activity Recall (PDPAR). Differences in the type and context of activity by activity level were analyzed using Chi squared.
RESULTS:
Highly active boys reported more job, outside, and sports activities on school days (P < .05), and more sports activities on nonschool days (P < .05). Highly active girls reported more outside activities on school days (P < .05).
CONCLUSIONS:
Identifying the type and context of physical activity behaviors associated with more active adolescents, can help inform policy and physical activity interventions aimed at increasing activity levels in adolescents.
Translated title of the contributionPhysical activity in children: Does how we define neighbourhood matter
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1057-65
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Place
Volume8
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

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