Levels of Physical Activity in Lithuanian Adolescents
AbstractBackground and objective: Population levels of physical activity are an international concern. The purpose of the present study was to describe and analyse physical activity levels in Lithuanian adolescents. Materials and methods: With this aim in mind, the Physician-based Assessment and Counselling for Exercise (PACE) questionnaire was administered to 5141 adolescents residing in Lithuania, 2502 boys (48.7%) and 2639 girls (51.3%), aged between 11 and 19 years. Results: It was found that adolescents studied met the physical activity guideline, of 60 min of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity a day, on average 3.6 days/week (SD = 2.1). A total of 3426 adolescents (66.6%) were inactive as classified by the PACE questionnaire (at least 1 h of physical activity/day < 5 days/week). In the present sample there were more active (at least 1 h of physical activity/day ≥ 5 days/week) boys (n = 994, 39.7%) than girls (n = 721, 27.3%) (p < 0.001; OR 1.75, 95% CI 1.56 to 1.97), and, on average, boys were more likely to meet daily recommendations of physical activity than girls, 0.7 days more a week (p < 0.001; IRRs 1.21, 95% CI 1.17 to 1.25). According to age, younger adolescents (11–12 years) were significantly more active than older adolescents (13–19 years) and a curvilinear relationship between age and physical activity was observed with significant linear (unstandardized beta (B) = −0.807; standardized beta (β) = −0.796; p < 0.001) and quadratic terms (unstandardized beta (B) = 0.024; standardized beta (β) = 0.704; p < 0.001). Conclusions: It is necessary to increase the level of physical activity in Lithuanian adolescents and intervention programs should be carried out considering these results. View Full-Text
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López-Sánchez, G.F.; Emeljanovas, A.; Miežienė, B.; Díaz-Suárez, A.; Sánchez-Castillo, S.; Yang, L.; Roberts, J.; Smith, L. Levels of Physical Activity in Lithuanian Adolescents. Medicina 2018, 54, 84.
López-Sánchez GF, Emeljanovas A, Miežienė B, Díaz-Suárez A, Sánchez-Castillo S, Yang L, Roberts J, Smith L. Levels of Physical Activity in Lithuanian Adolescents. Medicina. 2018; 54(5):84.Chicago/Turabian Style
López-Sánchez, Guillermo F.; Emeljanovas, Arūnas; Miežienė, Brigita; Díaz-Suárez, Arturo; Sánchez-Castillo, Sheila; Yang, Lin; Roberts, Justin; Smith, Lee. 2018. "Levels of Physical Activity in Lithuanian Adolescents." Medicina 54, no. 5: 84.
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