Driving down daily step counts: the impact of being driven to school on physical activity and sedentary behavior

Trapp, Georgina, Giles-Conti, Billie, Christian, Hayley, Timperio, Anna F, McCormack, Gavin R, Bulsara, Max and Villanueva, Karen 2013, Driving down daily step counts: the impact of being driven to school on physical activity and sedentary behavior, Pediatric Exercise Science, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 337-346.

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Title Driving down daily step counts: the impact of being driven to school on physical activity and sedentary behavior
Author(s) Trapp, Georgina
Giles-Conti, Billie
Christian, Hayley
Timperio, Anna FORCID iD for Timperio, Anna F orcid.org/0000-0002-8773-5012
McCormack, Gavin R
Bulsara, Max
Villanueva, Karen
Journal name Pediatric Exercise Science
Volume number 25
Issue number 3
Start page 337
End page 346
Total pages 10
Publisher Human Kinetics
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0899-8493
Summary This study investigated whether being driven to school was associated with lower weekday and weekend step counts, less active out-of-school leisure pursuits, and more sedentary behavior. Boys aged 10–13 years (n = 384) and girls aged 9–13 years (n = 500) attending 25 Australian primary schools wore a pedometer and completed a travel diary for one week. Parents and children completed surveys capturing leisure activity, screen time, and sociodemographics. Commute distance was objectively measured. Car travel was the most frequent mode of school transportation (boys: 51%, girls: 58%). After adjustment (sociodemographics, commute distance, and school clustering) children who were driven recorded fewer weekday steps than those who walked (girls: –1,393 steps p < .001, boys: –1,569 steps, p = .009) and participated in fewer active leisure activities (girls only: p = .043). There were no differences in weekend steps or screen time. Being driven to and from school is associated with less weekday pedometer-determined physical activity in 9- to 13-year-old elementary-school children. Encouraging children, especially girls, to walk to and from school (even for part of the way for those living further distances) could protect the health and well-being of those children who are insufficiently active.
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
Copyright notice ©2013, Human Kinetics
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