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Obesity (Silver Spring). 2006 Oct;14(10):1771-6.

Active transportation to school over 2 years in relation to weight status and physical activity.

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  • 1Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University and University of California, San Deigo, California, USA. drosenberg@paceproject.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To prospectively examine potential benefits of active commuting to school on measures of weight status and physical activity in a sample of youth.

RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES:

A cohort of students from seven elementary schools was measured four times--in the fall and spring of fourth grade (N = 1083) and fifth grade (N = 924). Participants were classified as active (walking, biking, or skateboarding to school almost every day for baseline analyses or at least 2 d/wk for analyses of consistent active commuting) or non-active commuters to school. Accelerometers were used to measure physical activity. Height, weight, and skinfolds were objectively assessed.

RESULTS:

Boys who actively commuted to school had lower BMI (p < 0.01) and skinfolds (p < 0.05) than non-active commuters to school in the fourth grade. Active commuting to school over 2 years was not associated with BMI change or overweight status.

DISCUSSION:

Walking and cycling to school may contribute to preventing excessive weight gain, or leaner children may walk or cycle to school.

PMID:
17062807
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