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Ann Behav Med. 2013 Feb;45 Suppl 1:S162-72. doi: 10.1007/s12160-012-9417-y.

Locations of joint physical activity in parent-child pairs based on accelerometer and GPS monitoring.

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Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90033-9045, USA. dunton@usc.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Parental factors may play an important role in influencing children's physical activity levels.

PURPOSE:

This cross-sectional study sought to describe the locations of joint physical activity among parents and children.

METHODS:

Parent-child pairs (N = 291) wore an Actigraph GT2M accelerometer and GlobalSat BT-335 global positioning systems (GPS) device over the same 7-day period. Children were ages 8-14 years. Joint behavior was defined by a linear separation distance of less than 50 m between parent and child. Land use classifications were assigned to GPS datapoints.

RESULTS:

Joint physical activity was spread across residential locations (35 %), and commercial venues (24 %), and open spaces/parks (20 %). Obese children and parents performed less joint physical activity in open spaces/parks than under/normal weight children and parents (ps < 0.01).

CONCLUSIONS:

Understanding where joint parent-child physical activity naturally occurs may inform location-based interventions to promote these behaviors.

TRIAL REGISTRATION:

ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00986011.

PMID:
23011914
PMCID:
PMC3562385
DOI:
10.1007/s12160-012-9417-y
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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