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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(1), 39; doi:10.3390/ijerph14010039

Is a Perceived Activity-Friendly Environment Associated with More Physical Activity and Fewer Screen-Based Activities in Adolescents?

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Department of Health Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, Pavol Josef Safarik University in Kosice, Tr. SNP 1, 040 11 Kosice, Slovak Republic
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Graduate School Kosice Institute for Society & He,ealth, Pavol Josef Safarik University in Kosic Tr. SNP 1, 040 11 Kosice, Slovak Republic
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Faculty of Physical Culture, Institute of Active Lifestyle, Palacky University Olomouc, Tr. Miru 117, 771 11 Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Bielefeld University, School of Public Health, PO Box 10 01 31, D-33501 Bielefeld, Germany
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The Jozef Pilsudski University of Physical Education, Faculty of Physical Education, Marymoncka 34 Str., 00-968 Warsaw, Poland
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Olomouc University Social Health Institute, Palacky University Olomouc, Univerzitni 22, 771 11 Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Department of Social Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacky University Olomouc, 771 11 Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Department of Community & Occupational Medicine, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, A. Deusinglaan 1, 9713 AV Groningen, The Netherlands
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 7 November 2016 / Revised: 16 December 2016 / Accepted: 21 December 2016 / Published: 3 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Global Health)
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Abstract

Background: The aim of this study is to explore if perception of an activity-friendly environment is associated with more physical activity and fewer screen-based activities among adolescents. Methods: We collected self-reported data in 2014 via the Health Behavior in School-aged Children cross-sectional study from four European countries (n = 13,800, mean age = 14.4, 49.4% boys). We explored the association of perceived environment (e.g., “There are other children nearby home to go out and play with”) with physical activity and screen-based activities using a binary logistic regression model adjusted for age, gender, family affluence and country. Results: An environment perceived as activity-friendly was associated with higher odds that adolescents meet recommendations for physical activity (odds ratio (OR) for one standard deviation (SD) change = 1.11, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.05–1.18) and lower odds for excessive screen-based activities (OR for 1 SD better = 0.93, 95% CI 0.88–0.98). Conclusions: Investment into an activity-friendly environment may support the promotion of active life styles in adolescence. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity; screen-based activities; perceived activity-friendly environment; adolescence physical activity; screen-based activities; perceived activity-friendly environment; adolescence
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Kopcakova, J.; Dankulincova Veselska, Z.; Madarasova Geckova, A.; Bucksch, J.; Nalecz, H.; Sigmundova, D.; van Dijk, J.P.; Reijneveld, S.A. Is a Perceived Activity-Friendly Environment Associated with More Physical Activity and Fewer Screen-Based Activities in Adolescents? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 39.

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