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Active commuting and physical activity in adolescents from Europe: Results from the HELENA study

AuthorsChillón, P.; Ortega, F. B.; Ruiz, I. D.; Bourdeaudhuij, I. D.; Martínez Gómez, D. ; Vicente-Rodríguez, G.; Widhalm, Kurt; Molnar, Denes; Gottrand, Frederic; González Gross, Marcela
Issue DateMay-2011
PublisherHuman Kinetics Publishers
CitationPediatric excercise science 23 (2): 207-217
AbstractWe assessed commuting patterns in adolescents from 10 European cities and examined associations with physical activity (PA). A total of 3112 adolescents were included. PA was objectively measured with accelerometry. Commuting patterns and overall PA were self-reported using questions from the International Physical Activity Questionnaire modified for adolescents (IPAQ-A). Adolescents reported to spend 30 min (15,60) [expressed as median (25th, 75th percentiles)] walking. In boys, associations between active commuting (walking and biking) and PA levels were observed for moderate, moderate-to-vigorous and overall PA. In girls, these associations were observed for moderate and moderate-to-vigorous PA (walking). Similar results were found with the IPAQ-A. We observed positive associations between overall commuting and PA levels in European adolescents, yet due to the cross-sectional study design we cannot state the direction of these. Future studies should address the causation between active commuting and PA levels.
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