School grounds and physical activity; associations at secondary schools, and over the transition from primary to secondary schools
Health & Place
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Harrison, F., Van Sluijs, E., Corder, K., & Jones, A. (2016). School grounds and physical activity; associations at secondary schools, and over the transition from primary to secondary schools. Health & Place, 39 34-42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.02.004
This paper aims to further understanding of the physical environments of secondary schools and their associations with young peoples’ physical activity. Accelerometer-derived physical activity measurements from 299 participants in the SPEEDY study (Norfolk, UK) were obtained from baseline measurements (age 9-10y) and +4y follow-up. These were linked to objective measures of primary and secondary school environments as measured by the SPEEDY grounds audit tool. We saw considerable differences in the nature of school grounds between primary and secondary schools. Cross-sectional associations were seen between active travel provision scores and commuting time moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) for 13-14 year old boys and adolescents living further from school. However, few associations were seen between changes in school grounds scores and changes in school-based MVPA.
physical activity, environment, secondary school, primary school, audit, adolescents
Funding: The SPEEDY study is funded by the National Prevention Research Initiative (http://www.npri.org.uk), consisting of the following Funding Partners: British Heart Foundation; Cancer Research UK; Department of Health; Diabetes UK; Economic and Social Research Council; Medical Research Council; Health and Social Care Research and Development Office for the Northern Ireland; Chief Scientist Office, Scottish Government Health Directorates; Welsh Assembly Government and World Cancer Research Fund. This work was also supported by the Medical Research Council (Unit Programme numbers MC_UU_12015/7, MC_UU_12015/4, and MC_UU_12015/3) and the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), a UKCRC Public Health Research: Centre of Excellence. Funding from the British Heart Foundation, Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, the National Institute for Health Research, and the Wellcome Trust, under the auspices of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration, is gratefully acknowledged (grant code RES-590-28-002).
Wellcome Trust (087636/Z/08/Z)
Medical Research Council (G0501294)
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.02.004
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/253785
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