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Active Transport, Not Device Use, Associates with Self-Reported School Week Physical Activity in Adolescents

Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA
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Behav. Sci. 2019, 9(3), 32; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs9030032
Received: 23 February 2019 / Revised: 13 March 2019 / Accepted: 18 March 2019 / Published: 21 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Effects of Sport Activity on Health Promotion)
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships among active transport, electronic device-use, and self-reported school week moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in a sample of adolescents. The sample consisted of 1445 adolescents enrolled in the Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health, and Eating study. A panel research organization invited panel members balanced to the US population on sex, census division, household income and size, and race/ethnicity. Web-based surveys were administered to each selected adolescent. Adolescents answered questions pertaining to out-of-school electronic device-use and active transport to and from school. Predicted weekly minutes of MVPA were calculated from the Youth Activity Profile. The outcome variable was predicted school week MVPA (in minutes). The predictive utility of device-use and active transport variables on self-reported school week MVPA were examined using weighted multiple linear regression models. After adjusting for age, sex, and BMI, active transport to school (b = 12.32, 95% CI [9.72–14.93], p < 0.001) and from school (b = 7.18, 95% CI [4.79–5.57], p < 0.001) were significantly associated with self-reported school week MVPA. No device-use variables were significantly associated with school week MVPA. Active transport to and from school may have an impact on school week MVPA in adolescents. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescent health; behavioral science; epidemiology; physical activity; school health adolescent health; behavioral science; epidemiology; physical activity; school health
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Burns, R.D.; Pfledderer, C.D.; Brusseau, T.A. Active Transport, Not Device Use, Associates with Self-Reported School Week Physical Activity in Adolescents. Behav. Sci. 2019, 9, 32.

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