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Is the physical activity environment surrounding primary schools associated with students' weight status, physical activity or active transport, in regional areas of Victoria, Australia? A cross-sectional study

Jacobs, Jane, Crooks, Nic, Allender, Steven, Strugnell, Claudia, Backholer, Kathryn and Nichols, Melanie 2021, Is the physical activity environment surrounding primary schools associated with students' weight status, physical activity or active transport, in regional areas of Victoria, Australia? A cross-sectional study, BMJ open, vol. 11, no. 7, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-045785.


Title Is the physical activity environment surrounding primary schools associated with students' weight status, physical activity or active transport, in regional areas of Victoria, Australia? A cross-sectional study
Author(s) Jacobs, JaneORCID iD for Jacobs, Jane orcid.org/0000-0002-3722-9672
Crooks, NicORCID iD for Crooks, Nic orcid.org/0000-0002-0333-0270
Allender, StevenORCID iD for Allender, Steven orcid.org/0000-0002-4842-3294
Strugnell, ClaudiaORCID iD for Strugnell, Claudia orcid.org/0000-0001-5912-9720
Backholer, KathrynORCID iD for Backholer, Kathryn orcid.org/0000-0002-3323-575X
Nichols, MelanieORCID iD for Nichols, Melanie orcid.org/0000-0002-7834-5899
Journal name BMJ open
Volume number 11
Issue number 7
Article ID e045785
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2021-07-02
ISSN 2044-6055
Keyword(s) community child health
public health
sports medicine
Summary Objectives To explore whether the physical activity (PA) environment (walkability, greenspace and recreational facilities) surrounding regional primary schools is associated with children's PA levels, active transport and weight status. Limited research on this topic has been conducted outside of major cities. Design Cross-sectional ecological study using baseline data from two large-scale obesity prevention interventions. Setting Eighty (n=80) primary schools across two regional areas in Victoria, Australia. Participants Students aged 8-13 years (n=2144) attending participating primary schools. Outcome measures Measured weight status (body mass index z-score, proportion overweight/obese) and self-reported PA behaviours (meeting PA recommendations and active travel behaviour). Results When adjusted for student and school demographics, students had significantly increased odds of using active transport to or from school when the school neighbourhood was more walkable (OR 1.21 (95% CI 1.09 to 1.35), had a greater number of greenspaces (OR 1.35 (95% CI 1.20 to 1.53)) and a greater number of recreational facilities (OR 1.18 (95% CI 1.07 to 1.31)). A higher cumulative PA environment score was also associated with a higher proportion of children using active transport (OR 1.33 (95% CI 1.28 to 1.51)). There were no significant associations between the PA environment measures and either weight status or meeting the PA recommendations in adjusted models. Conclusions This study is the first of its kind exploring school neighbourhood environments and child weight status and PA in regional areas of Australia. It highlights the potential of the environment surrounding primary schools in contributing to students' active travel to and from school. Further research with the use of objective PA measurement is warranted in regional areas that have been under-researched. Trial registration number Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR.org.au) identifier 12616000980437; Results.
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-045785
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Field of Research 1103 Clinical Sciences
1117 Public Health and Health Services
1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30153273

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