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Pediatr Exerc Sci. 2013 Aug;25(3):468-86. Epub 2013 Jul 12.

Children's objective physical activity by location: why the neighborhood matters.

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University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.

Abstract

Knowledge of where children are active may lead to more informed policies about how and where to intervene and improve physical activity. This study examined where children aged 6-11 were physically active using time-stamped accelerometer data and parent-reported place logs and assessed the association of physical-activity location variation with demographic factors. Children spent most time and did most physical activity at home and school. Although neighborhood time was limited, this time was more proportionally active than time in other locations (e.g., active 42.1% of time in neighborhood vs. 18.1% of time at home). Children with any neighborhood-based physical activity had higher average total physical activity. Policies and environments that encourage children to spend time outdoors in their neighborhoods could result in higher overall physical activity.

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23877357
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PMC4074079
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