The dietary, physical activity and sedentary behaviours of Victorian regional secondary school students

Vaughan, Clare, Kilkkinen, Annamari, Heistaro, Sami, Laatikainen, Tiina and Dunbar, James 2007, The dietary, physical activity and sedentary behaviours of Victorian regional secondary school students, Australian journal of primary health, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 81-88.

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Title The dietary, physical activity and sedentary behaviours of Victorian regional secondary school students
Author(s) Vaughan, Clare
Kilkkinen, Annamari
Heistaro, Sami
Laatikainen, Tiina
Dunbar, JamesORCID iD for Dunbar, James
Journal name Australian journal of primary health
Volume number 13
Issue number 1
Start page 81
End page 88
Publisher Australian Journal of Primary Health, Australian Institute for Primary Care and School of Public Health, La Trobe University
Place of publication Bundoora, Vic.
Publication date 2007-04
ISSN 1448-7527
Keyword(s) dietary habits
physical activity
sedentary behaviour
health behaviour
Summary The aim of this study was to investigate the dietary, physical activity and sedentary behaviours of adolescents from four secondary schools in Warrnambool, regional Victoria. In 2004, a random sample of students (n=712), stratified by school year level, was generated from school enrolment databases and 443 students completed a lifestyle questionnaire. Twenty per cent of students were physically active for 60 minutes or more per day; 28 per cent used electronic media in free time for a maximum of two hours per day. Only seven per cent of students met these two Australian physical activity recommendations. Fruit, vegetables and dairy products were consumed every day by 39 per cent, 40 per cent and 71 per cent of students respectively; three serves per day of each of these foods are recommended for Australian adolescents. Compared with boys, girls were less physically active (p<0.001), consumed more fruit (p=0.011) and vegetables (p<0.001), but fewer dairy products (p<0.024). Seventeen per cent of students were overweight or obese; these students were less physically active than normal weight peers (p<0.018). The dietary, physical and sedentary behaviours of regional Victorian secondary school students in this study were inadequate when compared with Australian recommendations. Dietary and physical activity habits are still evolving in adolescence and unhealthy habits can still be changed.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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