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Contrasting physical activity patterns in children and adolescents living in differing environments in the UK

Ogunleye, AA and Voss, C and Barton, JL and Sandercock, GRH and Pretty, JN (2011) 'Contrasting physical activity patterns in children and adolescents living in differing environments in the UK.' Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 39 (7). 696 - 703. ISSN 1403-4948

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Aims: There is evidence for lower physical activity (PA) in rural adults; it is important to evaluate how the environment influences the PA of children and adolescents. Methods: We compared the PA of 6485 English 10—15.9 year olds according to two systems for classifying the immediate environment. System one compared urban and rural areas. System two compared urban, town and fringe, and rural areas. Analyses were carried out separately for children (<13 years) and adolescents (>13 years). Results: Rural children were more active than those from urban areas (OR 1.38, 95% CI 1.15—1.66) as were adolescents (OR 1.30, 95% CI 1.11—1.51). Using trilateral division, children were more active if they lived in town and fringe (OR 1.32, 95% CI 1.03—1.67) or rural (OR 1.45, 95% CI 1.14—1.84) areas compared with urban areas. Adolescents from town and fringe areas were more active than urban dwellers (OR 1.50, 95% CI 1.24—1.81). Rural adolescents’ PA did not differ from urban dwellers’. Conclusions: Rural environments support PA in children but not that of adolescents. Town and fringe areas with mixed elements of rural and urban land use appear to facilitate and sustain PA in both children and adolescents. © 2011, the Nordic Societies of Public Health. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Admin
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2011 15:06
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2019 18:15

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