The association between walking to school, daily step counts and meeting step targets in 5- to 17-year-old Australian children

Abbott, Rebecca A., Macdonald, Doune, Nambiar, Smita and Davies, Peter S.W. (2009) The association between walking to school, daily step counts and meeting step targets in 5- to 17-year-old Australian children. Pediatric Exercise Science, 21 4: 520-532.

Author Abbott, Rebecca A.
Macdonald, Doune
Nambiar, Smita
Davies, Peter S.W.
Title The association between walking to school, daily step counts and meeting step targets in 5- to 17-year-old Australian children
Journal name Pediatric Exercise Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0899-8493
1543-2920
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 21
Issue 4
Start page 520
End page 532
Total pages 13
Editor T. Rowland
Place of publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
111712 Health Promotion
920501 Child Health
C1
Abstract Objective measurement of daily steps was used to assess whether children (n = 2,076) in Years 1, 5 and 10 who reported walking to or from school were more active and more likely to reach recommended step targets than those who were driven or took public transport to school. Walking to school was associated with higher school-day steps in older children (16,238 vs 15,275 for Year 5 male p < .05, 13,521 vs 12,502 for Year 5 female p < .01, 12,109 vs 11,373 for Year 10 female p < .05). The proportion of children who met recommended step thresholds was higher in those who walked to school compared with those who took motorized transport, and this was significant for Year 5 females (71.7% vs 54.5%, p < .01). This study suggests that walking to school for older children has potential to contribute significantly to daily activity levels and increases the likelihood of attaining recommended step targets. These data should encourage public policy and those concerned with the built environment to provide and support opportunities for walking to school.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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