Activity patterns and perceptions about active transport to school

Wayne C. Miller, Jessica Garay Redmond, Alison T. Vaux-Bjerke

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-198
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

Keywords

  • Accelerometer
  • After-school activity
  • Beforeschool activity
  • Walk to school

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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