Assessment of intensity, prevalence and duration of everyday activities in Swiss school children : a cross-sectional analysis of accelerometer and diary data
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
 
ID 1192779
Author(s) Bringolf-Isler, Bettina; Grize, Leticia; Mäder, Urs; Ruch, Nicole; Sennhauser, Felix H; Braun-Fahrländer, Charlotte
Author(s) at UniBasel Bringolf, Bettina
Braun-Fahrländer, Charlotte
Grize, Leticia
Year 2009
Title Assessment of intensity, prevalence and duration of everyday activities in Swiss school children : a cross-sectional analysis of accelerometer and diary data
Journal International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity
Volume 6
Number 1
Pages / Article-Number 50
Abstract ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Appropriately measuring habitual physical activity (PA) in children is a major challenge. Questionnaires and accelerometers are the most widely used instruments but both have well-known limitations. The aims of this study were to determine activity type/mode and to quantify intensity and duration of children's everyday PA by combining information of a time activity diary with accelerometer measurements and to assess differences by gender and age. METHODS: School children (n=189) aged 6/7 years, 9/10 years and 13/14 years wore accelerometers during one week in winter 2004 and one in summer 2005. Simultaneously, they completed a newly developed time-activity diary during 4 days per week recording different activities performed during each 15 min interval. For each specific activity, the mean intensity (accelerometer counts/min), mean duration per day (min/d) and proportion of involved children were calculated using linear regression models. RESULTS: For the full range of activities, boys accumulated more mean counts/min than girls. Adolescents spent more time in high intensity sports activities than younger children (p<0.001) but this increase was compensated by a reduction in time spent playing vigorously (p=0.04). In addition, adolescents spent significantly more time in sedentary activities (p<0.001) and accumulated less counts/min during these activities than younger children (p=0.007). Among moderate to vigorous activities, children spent most time with vigorous play (43 min/day) and active transportation (56 min/day). CONCLUSIONS: The combination of accelerometers and time activity diaries provides insight into age and gender related differences in PA. This information is warranted to efficiently guide and evaluate PA promotion
Publisher BioMed Central
ISSN/ISBN 1479-5868
edoc-URL http://edoc.unibas.ch/dok/A5843148
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1186/1479-5868-6-50
PubMed ID http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19656362
ISI-Number WOS:000269545600001
Document type (ISI) Article
 
   

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