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Active Transportation to School. Utopia or a Strategy for a Healthy Life in Adolescence

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Projeto Aventura Social, Faculdade de Motricidade Humana, Universidade de Lisboa, Estrada da Costa, 1499-002 Cruz Quebrada, Portugal
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Faculdade de Medicina/ISAMB Centro de Investigação Apoiado Pela Universidade de Lisboa, 1649-028 Lisboa, Portugal
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Instituto Politécnico de Beja, Departamento de Artes, Humanidades e Desporto, 7800-295 Beja, Portugal
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CIPER, Faculdade de Motricidade Humana, Universidade de Lisboa, Estrada da Costa, 1499-002 Cruz Quebrada, Portugal
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(9), 4503; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094503
Received: 18 March 2021 / Revised: 12 April 2021 / Accepted: 21 April 2021 / Published: 23 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Activity and Well-Being in School Setting)
The way adolescents travel to school can be an important contribution to achieving their daily physical activity recommendations. The main objective of this research is to know which variables are associated with the mode of transportation used to and from school by Portuguese adolescents. The 2018 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children questionnaire was applied to 5695 adolescents with an average age of 15.5 (SD ± 1.8), 53.9% of whom were female. The associations were studied by applying χ2 tests and multivariate logistic regression models. In this study, 36.5% of the participants reported walking or cycling to school. Active transportation to school is associated with age (OR = 1.3; p < 0.05), sufficient physical activity (OR = 1.2; p < 0.05), adequate number of hours of sleep (OR = 1.2; p < 0.05), perception of happiness (OR = 1.2; p < 0.05) and living near the school (OR = 2.4; p < 0.05). The results revealed that adolescents’ choice to travel to/from school using an active mode of transportation increased with age, physical activity, hours of sleep, perception of happiness, and living near the school. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescent; walking; health behaviors; health promotion; physical activity adolescent; walking; health behaviors; health promotion; physical activity
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Loureiro, N.; Marques, A.; Loureiro, V.; de Matos, M.G. Active Transportation to School. Utopia or a Strategy for a Healthy Life in Adolescence. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 4503. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094503

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Loureiro N, Marques A, Loureiro V, de Matos MG. Active Transportation to School. Utopia or a Strategy for a Healthy Life in Adolescence. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(9):4503. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094503

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Loureiro, Nuno; Marques, Adilson; Loureiro, Vânia; de Matos, Margarida G. 2021. "Active Transportation to School. Utopia or a Strategy for a Healthy Life in Adolescence" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 9: 4503. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094503

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