Travel by walking before and after school and physical activity among adolescent girls

Brit I. Saksvig, Diane J. Catellier, Karin Pfeiffer, Kathryn H. Schmitz, Terry Conway, Scott B Going, Dianne Ward, Patty Strikmiller, Margarita S. Treuth

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Objective: To examine how "travel by walking" before and after school contributes to total physical activity of adolescent girls. Design: Cross-sectional sample. Setting: Thirty-six middle schools from Arizona, Maryland, Minnesota, Louisiana, California, and South Carolina participating in the Trial of Activity for Adolescent Girls (TAAG). Participants: Seventeen hundred twenty-one sixth-grade girls consented to participate; adequate information was available for 1596 participants (93%). Main Exposure: Travel by walking before school, after school, and before and after school combined assessed from the 3-Day Physical Activity Recall. Main Outcome Measure: Mean minutes of physical activity measured by accelerometry were estimated for total physical activity (light, moderate, vigorous), moderate to vigorous activity (MVPA), and MVPA of 3 metabolic equivalents. Results: Travel by walking was reported by 14% of participants before school and 18% after school. Girls who reported travel by walking before and after school (combined) had 13.7 more minutes (95% confidence interval, 1.2-26.3) of total physical activity and 4.7 more minutes (95% confidence interval, 2.2-7.2) of MVPA than girls who did not report this activity. Before-school and after-school walkers (but not both) accumulated 2.5 more minutes (95% confidence interval, 0.10-4.9) and 2.2 more minutes (95% confidence interval, 0.24-4.2) of MVPA on an average weekday, respectively, than nonwalkers. Conclusion: Our results provide evidence that walking to and from school increases weekday minutes of total physical activity and MVPA for middle-school girls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-158
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Volume161
Issue number2
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StatePublished - Feb 2007

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Travel by walking before and after school and physical activity among adolescent girls. / Saksvig, Brit I.; Catellier, Diane J.; Pfeiffer, Karin; Schmitz, Kathryn H.; Conway, Terry; Going, Scott B; Ward, Dianne; Strikmiller, Patty; Treuth, Margarita S.

In: Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Vol. 161, No. 2, 02.2007, p. 153-158.

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Saksvig, BI, Catellier, DJ, Pfeiffer, K, Schmitz, KH, Conway, T, Going, SB, Ward, D, Strikmiller, P & Treuth, MS 2007, 'Travel by walking before and after school and physical activity among adolescent girls', Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, vol. 161, no. 2, pp. 153-158. https://doi.org/10.1001/archpedi.161.2.153
Saksvig, Brit I. ; Catellier, Diane J. ; Pfeiffer, Karin ; Schmitz, Kathryn H. ; Conway, Terry ; Going, Scott B ; Ward, Dianne ; Strikmiller, Patty ; Treuth, Margarita S. / Travel by walking before and after school and physical activity among adolescent girls. In: Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2007 ; Vol. 161, No. 2. pp. 153-158.
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