School and individual-level characteristics are associated with children's moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity during school recess

Martin, Karen, Bremner, Alexandra, Salmon, Jo, Rosenberg, Michael and Giles-Corti, Billie 2012, School and individual-level characteristics are associated with children's moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity during school recess, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 36, no. 5, pp. 469-477.

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Title School and individual-level characteristics are associated with children's moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity during school recess
Author(s) Martin, Karen
Bremner, Alexandra
Salmon, Jo
Rosenberg, Michael
Giles-Corti, Billie
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 36
Issue number 5
Start page 469
End page 477
Total pages 9
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2012-10
ISSN 1753-6405
Keyword(s) child
sport
exercise
motor activity
Summary Objective: The objective of this study was to identify school environmental characteristics associated with moderate to vigorous physical activity during school recess, including morning and lunch breaks.

Methods: Accelerometry data, child-level characteristics and school physical activity, policy and socio-cultural data were collected from 408 sixth grade children (mean age 11 years) attending 27 metropolitan primary schools in Perth, Western Australia. Hierarchical modelling identified key characteristics associated with children's recess moderate to vigorous physical activity (RMVPA).

Results: Nearly 40% of variability in children's RMVPA was explained by school environment and individual characteristics identified in this study. Children's higher daily RMVPA was associated with newer schools, schools with a higher number of grassed surfaces per child and fewer shaded grassed surfaces, and the physical education coordinator meeting Australian physical activity guidelines.

Conclusions:
Characteristics of the school physical and social environments are strongly correlated with children's MPVA during recess.
Language eng
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050347

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research
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