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Objectively assessed recess physical activity in girls and boys from high and low socioeconomic backgrounds

Baquet, Georges, Ridgers, Nicola D, Blaes, Aurelie, Aucouturier, Julien, Van Praagh, Emmanuel and Serge, Berthoin 2014, Objectively assessed recess physical activity in girls and boys from high and low socioeconomic backgrounds, BMC Public Health, vol. 14, Article 192, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-192.

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Title Objectively assessed recess physical activity in girls and boys from high and low socioeconomic backgrounds
Author(s) Baquet, Georges
Ridgers, Nicola DORCID iD for Ridgers, Nicola D orcid.org/0000-0001-5713-3515
Blaes, Aurelie
Aucouturier, Julien
Van Praagh, Emmanuel
Serge, Berthoin
Journal name BMC Public Health
Volume number 14
Season Article 192
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1471-2458
Keyword(s) Children
Accelerometry
Socio-economic status
Behavior
Summary Background
The school environment influences children’s opportunities for physical activity participation. The aim of the present study was to assess objectively measured school recess physical activity in children from high and low socioeconomic backgrounds.

Methods

Four hundred and seven children (6–11 years old) from 4 primary schools located in high socioeconomic status (high-SES) and low socioeconomic status (low-SES) areas participated in the study. Children’s physical activity was measured using accelerometry during morning and afternoon recess during a 4-day school week. The percentage of time spent in light, moderate, vigorous, very high and in moderate- to very high-intensity physical activity were calculated using age-dependent cut-points. Sedentary time was defined as 100 counts per minute.

Results
Boys were significantly (p < 0.001) more active than girls. No difference in sedentary time between socioeconomic backgrounds was observed. The low-SES group spent significantly more time in light (p < 0.001) and very high (p < 0.05) intensity physical activity compared to the high-SES group. High-SES boys and girls spent significantly more time in moderate (p < 0.001 and p < 0.05, respectively) and vigorous (p < 0.001) physical activity than low-SES boys.

Conclusions
Differences were observed in recess physical activity levels according to socioeconomic background and sex. These results indicate that recess interventions should target children in low-SES schools.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-14-192
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
Copyright notice ©2014, BioMed Central
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30062316

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