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Active transportation to school over 2 years in relation to weight status and physical activity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17062807     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To prospectively examine potential benefits of active commuting to school on measures of weight status and physical activity in a sample of youth. RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES: A cohort of students from seven elementary schools was measured four times--in the fall and spring of fourth grade (N = 1083) and fifth grade (N = 924). Participants were classified as active (walking, biking, or skateboarding to school almost every day for baseline analyses or at least 2 d/wk for analyses of consistent active commuting) or non-active commuters to school. Accelerometers were used to measure physical activity. Height, weight, and skinfolds were objectively assessed. RESULTS: Boys who actively commuted to school had lower BMI (p < 0.01) and skinfolds (p < 0.05) than non-active commuters to school in the fourth grade. Active commuting to school over 2 years was not associated with BMI change or overweight status. DISCUSSION: Walking and cycling to school may contribute to preventing excessive weight gain, or leaner children may walk or cycle to school.
Dori E Rosenberg; James F Sallis; Terry L Conway; Kelli L Cain; Thomas L McKenzie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.)     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1930-7381     ISO Abbreviation:  Obesity (Silver Spring)     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-25     Completed Date:  2006-12-26     Revised Date:  2008-01-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101264860     Medline TA:  Obesity (Silver Spring)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1771-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University and University of California, San Deigo, California, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Bicycling / physiology*
Body Mass Index
Body Size / physiology*
Cohort Studies
Exercise / physiology*
Obesity / physiopathology,  prevention & control
Overweight / physiology
Prospective Studies
Skinfold Thickness
Students / statistics & numerical data
Time Factors
Walking / physiology*

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