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Individual, Social and Environmental Correlates of Active School Travel among Adolescents in India

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School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Formerly, Deakin University, Geelong 3220, Australia
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Madras Diabetes Research Foundation & Dr.Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, WHO Collaborating Centre for Non-Communicable Diseases & ICMR Centre for Advanced Research on Diabetes, Chennai 600086, India
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(20), 7496; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207496
Received: 25 September 2020 / Revised: 7 October 2020 / Accepted: 9 October 2020 / Published: 15 October 2020
Active School Travel (AST) is an important domain for physical activity among adolescents; however, few studies in India have explored barriers or correlates of AST. This was a cross-sectional study of 324 adolescents aged 12–17 years recruited via households and schools from diverse areas of Chennai, India. Adolescents reported their mode of travel to school, neighbourhood correlates, and the barriers for AST. Adolescents were considered to be using AST to/from school if they walked/cycled ≥once/week during an average week. Half the adolescents usually performed AST (≥1 trip/week). School being too far was associated with 75% lower odds and parents not allowing their child to walk or cycle was associated with 82% lower odds of the adolescent performing AST to or from school at least once/week. AST among adolescents should be encouraged and there is considerable scope for improvement. Parental restriction and distance to school were the two strongest barriers for AST. View Full-Text
Keywords: active school travel; active transport; barriers; correlates; physical activity; neighbourhood environment; adolescents; India active school travel; active transport; barriers; correlates; physical activity; neighbourhood environment; adolescents; India
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Kingsly, A.; Timperio, A.; Veitch, J.; Salmon, J.; Pradeepa, R.; Ranjani, H.; Anjana, R.M. Individual, Social and Environmental Correlates of Active School Travel among Adolescents in India. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7496. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207496

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Kingsly A, Timperio A, Veitch J, Salmon J, Pradeepa R, Ranjani H, Anjana RM. Individual, Social and Environmental Correlates of Active School Travel among Adolescents in India. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(20):7496. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207496

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Kingsly, Abishamala, Anna Timperio, Jenny Veitch, Jo Salmon, Rajendra Pradeepa, Harish Ranjani, and Ranjit M. Anjana 2020. "Individual, Social and Environmental Correlates of Active School Travel among Adolescents in India" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 20: 7496. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207496

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