Predictors of segmented school day physical activity and sedentary time in children from a northwest England lowincome community

Taylor, SL, Curry, Whitney, Knowles, ZR, Noonan, Robert, McGrane, Bronagh and Fairclough, Stuart (2017) Predictors of segmented school day physical activity and sedentary time in children from a northwest England lowincome community. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14 (5). p. 534. ISSN 1660-4601 DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14050534

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Abstract

Background: Schools have been identified as important settings for health promotion through physical activity participation, particularly as children are insufficiently active for health. The aim of this study was to investigate the child and school-level influences on children′s physical activity levels and sedentary time during school hours in a sample of children from a lowincome community; Methods: One hundred and eighty-six children (110 boys) aged 9– 10 years wore accelerometers for 7 days, with 169 meeting the inclusion criteria of 16 h∙day−1 for a minimum of three week days. Multilevel prediction models were constructed to identify significant predictors of sedentary time, light, and moderate to vigorous physical activity during school hour segments. Child-level predictors (sex, weight status, maturity offset, cardiorespiratory fitness, physical activity self-efficacy, physical activity enjoyment) and school-level predictors (number on roll, playground area, provision score) were entered into the models; Results: Maturity offset, fitness, weight status, waist circumference-to-height ratio, sedentary time, moderate to vigorous physical activity, number of children on roll and playground area significantly predicted physical activity and sedentary time; Conclusions: Research should move towards considering contextspecific physical activity and its correlates to better inform intervention strategies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: physical activity; schools; children; accelerometer
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sports Science
Date Deposited: 25 May 2017 13:54
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/9010

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