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The contribution of active travel to children's physical activity levels: Cross-sectional results from the ALSPAC study


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van Sluijs, E. M. F., Fearne, V. A., Mattocks, C., Riddoch, C., Griffin, S. J. and Ness, A., 2009. The contribution of active travel to children's physical activity levels: Cross-sectional results from the ALSPAC study. Preventive Medicine, 48 (6), pp. 519-524.

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Abstract

Objective. To assess the association between active travel to school and physical activity (PA) in a large population-based sample of 11-year old children. Method. Cross-sectional analyses using data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (Bristol, UK), collected in 2002-2004. The analyses include all children providing valid data on objectively measured PA (Actigraph accelerometer), and having parent-proxy reported data on travel mode (walk, cycle, public transport, car) and distance to school (N=4688). Results. 43.5% of children regularly walked or cycled to school (i.e. on every or most days). Compared with car travelers, walking to school was associated with 5.98 (95%CI: 3.82-8.14) more minutes of moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) on weekdays in those living 0.5-1 miles from school, and with 9.77 (95%CI: 7.47-12.06) more minutes in those living at 1-5 miles. This equates to 24.6 to 40.2% of the average daily minutes of MVPA. Only modest differences were observed in those living

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Item Type Articles
Creatorsvan Sluijs, E. M. F., Fearne, V. A., Mattocks, C., Riddoch, C., Griffin, S. J. and Ness, A.
DOI10.1016/j.ypmed.2009.03.002
Uncontrolled Keywordsschool travel, physical activity, alspac, walking, children
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code14869

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