Dog ownership, dog walking and children's and parents' physical activity

Salmon, Jo, Timperio, Anna, Chu, Binh and Veitch, Jenny 2010, Dog ownership, dog walking and children's and parents' physical activity, Research quarterly for exercise and sport, vol. 81, no. 3, pp. 264-271.

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Title Dog ownership, dog walking and children's and parents' physical activity
Author(s) Salmon, Jo
Timperio, Anna
Chu, Binh
Veitch, Jenny
Journal name Research quarterly for exercise and sport
Volume number 81
Issue number 3
Start page 264
End page 271
Publisher American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
Place of publication [Washington, D.C.]
Publication date 2010-09
ISSN 0270-1367
Keyword(s) family
physical activity recommendations
Summary This study aimed to determine cross-sectional associations of dog ownership, dog walking, and physical activity (PA) among children and their parents. Objective measures of PA were obtained for children ages 5-6 and 10-12 years from 19 primary schools across Melbourne, Australia. Parents self-reported their PA, dog ownership, and frequency of dog walking: 53% of families owned a dog, 41% of children who owned a dog did not walk their dog at all, and 32% reported never or rarely walking their dog as a family. Dog ownership was associated with an additional 29 min/day in PA among younger girls, and 70 and 59 min/week more in PA among mothers of younger boys and older girls, respectively. Among mothers of older girls, dog owners were 1.6 times as likely to meet PA guidelines. Mothers with older boys and girls, and fathers with younger boys, who reported walking the dog regularly as a family, spent more time in PA (105, 90, and 158 more min/week, respectively). Promoting dog ownership and dog walking among children and as a family are potential strategies for increasing PA participation in some families.
Language eng
Field of Research 110604 Sports Medicine 50%
111706 Epidemiology 50%
Socio Economic Objective 920401 and 920501 50% each
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, American Alliance for Health
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