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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(7), 7163-7181; doi:10.3390/ijerph110707163

Parent-Child Associations in Pedometer-Determined Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour on Weekdays and Weekends in Random Samples of Families in the Czech Republic

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Center for Kinanthropology Research, Institute of Active Lifestyle, Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacký University in Olomouc, Tr. Miru 115, Olomouc 77111, Czech Republic
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Department of Social Sciences in Kinanthropology, Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacký University in Olomouc, Tr. Miru 115, Olomouc 77111, Czech Republic
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Health Psychology Unit, Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, P.J. Safarik University in Kosice, Tr. SNP 1, Kosice 040 66, Slovak Republic
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Received: 28 May 2014 / Revised: 6 July 2014 / Accepted: 8 July 2014 / Published: 14 July 2014
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This study investigates whether more physically active parents bring up more physically active children and whether parents’ level of physical activity helps children achieve step count recommendations on weekdays and weekends. The participants (388 parents aged 35–45 and their 485 children aged 9–12) were randomly recruited from 21 Czech government-funded primary schools. The participants recorded pedometer step counts for seven days (≥10 h a day) during April–May and September–October of 2013. Logistic regression (Enter method) was used to examine the achievement of the international recommendations of 11,000 steps/day for girls and 13,000 steps/day for boys. The children of fathers and mothers who met the weekend recommendation of 10,000 steps were 5.48 (95% confidence interval: 1.65; 18.19; p < 0.01) and 3.60 times, respectively (95% confidence interval: 1.21; 10.74; p < 0.05) more likely to achieve the international weekend recommendation than the children of less active parents. The children of mothers who reached the weekday pedometer-based step count recommendation were 4.94 times (95% confidence interval: 1.45; 16.82; p < 0.05) more likely to fulfil the step count recommendation on weekdays than the children of less active mothers. View Full-Text
Keywords: step count recommendation; screen time; Yamax pedometer; active parents; sedentary Sunday; school time physical activity; daughters and sons step count recommendation; screen time; Yamax pedometer; active parents; sedentary Sunday; school time physical activity; daughters and sons
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Sigmundová, D.; Sigmund, E.; Vokáčová, J.; Kopčáková, J. Parent-Child Associations in Pedometer-Determined Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour on Weekdays and Weekends in Random Samples of Families in the Czech Republic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 7163-7181.

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