Is a change in mode of travel to school associated with a change in overall physical activity levels in children Longitudinal results from the SPEEDY studyReport as inadecuate




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International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

, 9:134

First Online: 21 November 2012Received: 29 March 2012Accepted: 09 November 2012

Abstract

BackgroundChildren who use active modes of travel walking or cycling to school are more physically active than those who use passive motorised modes. However, less is known on whether a change in mode of travel to school is associated with a change in children’s physical activity levels. The purpose of this analysis was to investigate the association between change in mode of travel to school and change in overall physical activity levels in children.

MethodsData from 812 9–10 year old British children 59% girls who participated in the SPEEDY study were analysed. During the summer terms of 2007 and 2008 participants completed a questionnaire and wore an accelerometer for at least three days. Two-level multiple linear regression models were used to explore the association between change in usual mode of travel to school and change in objectively measured time spent in MVPA.

ResultsCompared to children whose reported mode of travel did not change, a change from a passive to an active mode of travel was associated with an increase in daily minutes spent in MVPA boys: beta 11.59, 95% CI 0.94 to 22.24; girls: beta 11.92, 95% CI 5.00 to 18.84. This increase represented 12% of boys’ and 13% of girls’ total daily time spent in MVPA at follow-up.

ConclusionThis analysis provides further evidence that promoting active travel to school may have a role in contributing to increasing physical activity levels in children.

KeywordsTransport Active travel Physical activity School children  Download fulltext PDF



Author: Lee Smith - Shannon Sahlqvist - David Ogilvie - Andy Jones - Kirsten Corder - Simon J Griffin - Esther van Sluijs

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