Active travel to non-school destinations but not to school is associated with higher physical activity levels in an ethnically diverse sample of inner-city schoolchildren

Smith, Lee and Aggio, Daniel and Hamer, Mark (2017) Active travel to non-school destinations but not to school is associated with higher physical activity levels in an ethnically diverse sample of inner-city schoolchildren. BMC Public Health, 17 (13). ISSN 1471-2458

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-3920-1

Abstract

Background: This study investigated the association of travel mode to school and non-school destinations with objectively assessed health markers and physical activity in an ethnically diverse sample of inner-city UK schoolchildren. Methods: We used data from the Camden Active Spaces project (n = 450 children aged 9.1 yrs) to examine associations of school travel mode and frequency of active travel to non-school destinations with daily and out-of-school physical activity, sedentary time and health markers; whilst controlling for appropriate covariates including objectively measured route length. Results: High frequency of active travel to non-school destinations was associated with more time in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity during out-of-school periods (3.8, 0.8–6.9 min/d) and greater out-of-school (738, 197.4–1278.6 steps/d) and daily step counts (588.1, 51.6–1124.6 steps/d). No associations were observed between school travel mode, health outcomes and activity levels. Conclusion: High frequency of active travel to non-school destinations is associated with higher levels of physical activity. These findings highlight the contribution of travel to non-school destinations to overall physical activity levels in schoolchildren.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: active travel, physical activity, children
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email Lee.Smith@anglia.ac.uk
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2017 09:35
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2017 09:35
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/701383

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