School Characteristics and Physical Activity among Grade 1-4 Students

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Abstract:

Objectives: To examine school and student characteristics associated with physical activity in grade 1 to 4 students. Methods: Multi-level logistic regression examined factors associated with being moderately and highly active. Results: A student was more likely to be moderately or highly active if he/she attended a school that provides student access to facilities and equipment outside of school hours. Male students were more likely to be moderately or highly active and overweight or obese students were less likely to be moderately or highly active. Conclusions: Research should evaluate if implementing a school policy that provides student access to facilities and equipment outside of school hours is effective in promoting physical activity in grade 1 to 4 students.

Keywords: CHILDREN; PHYSICAL ACTIVITY; SCHOOL POLICY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.38.2.5

Affiliations: University of Waterloo, School of Public Health and Health Systems, Waterloo, ON, Canada. sleather@uwaterloo.ca

Publication date: March 1, 2014

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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