A Count Model to Study the Correlates of 60 Min of Daily Physical Activity in Portuguese Children
AbstractThis study aimed to present data on Portuguese children (aged 9–11 years) complying with moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) guidelines, and to identify the importance of correlates from multiple domains associated with meeting the guidelines. Physical activity (PA) was objectively assessed by accelerometry throughout seven days on 777 children. A count model using Poisson regression was used to identify the best set of correlates that predicts the variability in meeting the guidelines. Only 3.1% of children met the recommended daily 60 min of MVPA for all seven days of the week. Further, the Cochrane–Armitage chi-square test indicated a linear and negative trend (p < 0.001) from none to all seven days of children complying with the guidelines. The count model explained 22% of the variance in meeting MVPA guidelines daily. Being a girl, having a higher BMI, belonging to families with higher income, sleeping more and taking greater time walking from home to a sporting venue significantly reduced the probability of meeting daily recommended MVPA across the seven days. Furthermore, compared to girls, increasing sleep time in boys increased their chances of compliance with the MVPA recommendations. These results reinforce the relevance of considering different covariates’ roles on PA compliance when designing efficient intervention strategies to promote healthy and active lifestyles in children. View Full-Text
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Borges, A.; Gomes, T.N.; Santos, D.; Pereira, S.; Santos, F.K.; Chaves, R.; Katzmarzyk, P.T.; Maia, J. A Count Model to Study the Correlates of 60 Min of Daily Physical Activity in Portuguese Children. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 2557-2573.
Borges A, Gomes TN, Santos D, Pereira S, Santos FK, Chaves R, Katzmarzyk PT, Maia J. A Count Model to Study the Correlates of 60 Min of Daily Physical Activity in Portuguese Children. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2015; 12(3):2557-2573.Chicago/Turabian Style
Borges, Alessandra; Gomes, Thayse N.; Santos, Daniel; Pereira, Sara; Santos, Fernanda K.; Chaves, Raquel; Katzmarzyk, Peter T.; Maia, José. 2015. "A Count Model to Study the Correlates of 60 Min of Daily Physical Activity in Portuguese Children." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 12, no. 3: 2557-2573.