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J Community Health. 2017 Feb;42(1):116-121. doi: 10.1007/s10900-016-0237-z.

A Profile of Active Transportation in Colorado Public Schools, 2014-2015.

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1
Department of Health Sciences, Northern Arizona University, 1100 South Beaver Street, No. 15095, Flagstaff, AZ, 86011, USA. timothy.behrens@nau.edu.
2
College of Education, University of Colorado, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO, 80918, USA.
3
Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, 10065 E. Harvard Ave, Suite 300, Denver, CO, 80231, USA.

Abstract

Active transportation (AT) may represent an ideal opportunity to accumulate physical activity (PA). Thus, the purpose of this study was to describe the AT profile among students from two Colorado school districts. Students completed a survey on AT resulting in a final dataset (n = 3738) from which descriptive and inferential statics were calculated. Respondents were 11.32 ± 2.82 years of age (Boys = 48.27 %; Girls = 51.73 %). Most students (87.29 %) traveled to or from school via automobile, while 11.17 % walked and 1.53 % biked. Boys rode bicycles to school significantly more (p < 0.0001) than girls, and when walking, accumulated significantly more time (p = 0.02) than females. When examining by grade level significant differences were found for days/week walking (p = 0.0002) to school and biking (p < 0.001) to school. High school students accumulated significantly (p < 0.0001) more time walking to school than middle or elementary school students. Similarly, high school students spent more time biking (p < 0.0001) to school than middle school and elementary school respondents. These findings indicate that travel to school by automobile is still the dominant mode of travel for most public school students. Further, males were generally more likely to obtain extra time in AT. Moreover, older students were more likely to engage in AT, and to spend more time during their AT.

KEYWORDS:

Behavior change; Health; Physical activity; Public health; Schools

PMID:
27540736
DOI:
10.1007/s10900-016-0237-z
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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