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Activity Patterns and Perceptions About Active Transport to School

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Abstract:

Objectives: To document physical activity patterns and perceptions about active transport to school. Methods: Children's activity was measured. Children and parents were surveyed about active transport to school. Results: Children were most active after (465 ± 20 cpm) and least active before (379 ± 18 cpm) and during school (351 ± 13 cpm). Weight was not related to activity. Boys were more confident than girls, whereas parents felt more confident than children did about active transport. Conclusions: Active transport programs will likely have a greater impact on before-school activity than after school. Perceptions concerning active transport should be assessed, and parent/child discrepancies rectified prior to program implementation.

Keywords: ACCELEROMETER; AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITY; BEFORE- SCHOOL ACTIVITY; WALK TO SCHOOL

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.37.2.6

Affiliations: 1: Center for Rural and Community Health; West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine; Lewisburg, WV, USA. wmiller@osteo.wvsom.edu 2: Department of Exercise Science, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA 3: Department of Exercise Science, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

Publication date: 2013-03-01

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