Environmental Influences on Physical Activity Levels in Youth
Organization Sponsor: Western University (formerly University of Western Ontario)
This study assessed the amount of physical activity engaged in by youth aged 11–13, in relation to: (1) the presence of neighborhood recreational opportunities, objectively measured within a geographic information system; and (2) parents’ perceptions of recreation opportunities in their neighborhoods.
Free for participants
University of Western Ontario
This research is support by University of Western Ontario.
On average, students engaged in 159.9 minutes/day of physical activity. Both subjective and objective measures of recreational opportunities were associated positively with physical activity (p<0.05). Greater access to recreational opportunities seem essential to facilitate youths’ healthy levels of physical activity.
Students in grade 7 and 8 (n=811) in 21 elementary schools throughout London, Ontario completed the adapted Previous Day Physical Activity Recall and a questionnaire assessing environmental influences in the home and school neighborhoods. Parents/guardians of participants also completed a questionnaire eliciting demographic information and perceptions of the neighborhood environment.
This research is conducted in a controlled university research environment.
As with any research project, getting the participation of large numbers of subjects can be hard. This was conducted in a school environment, which aided the gathering of data.