Youth Physical Activity Resource Use and Activity Measured by Accelerometry

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Objectives : To examine whether use of physical activity resources (eg, parks) was associated with daily physical activity measured by accelerometry.

Methods : One hundred eleven adolescents completed a travel diary with concurrent accelerometry. The main exposure was self-reported use of a physical activity resource (none /1 resources). The main outcomes were total minutes spent in daily (1) moderate-vigorous physical activity and (2) vigorous physical activity.

Results : Using a physical activity resource was significantly associated with total minutes in moderate-vigorous physical activity. African Americans and males had significantly greater moderate-vigorous physical activity.

Conclusions : Results from this study support the development and use of physical activity resources.

Keywords: accelerometry; adolescent; exercise; recreation; youth

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Research Epidemiologist, R. Stuart Dickson Institute for Health Studies, Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, NC.

Publication date: March 1, 2011

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