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Low physical activity levels and high levels of sedentary behaviour are characteristic of rural Irish primary school children

Reilly, John J and Kelly, L.A. and Paton, J.Y. and Grant, S. (2005) Low physical activity levels and high levels of sedentary behaviour are characteristic of rural Irish primary school children. Irish Medical Journal, 98 (5). pp. 139-141. ISSN 0332-3102

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Abstract

There is increasing public health concern that levels of physical activity in children are extremely low. This study aimed to describe objectively levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviour during the waking hours in a sample of 4-5 year old (median 5.4 years range 4.3, 6.0) rural Irish children (n=41) and to test for gender differences in patterns of physical activity and sedentary behaviour. There were significant gender differences in physical activity (Boys (median) 834 accelerometer counts per minute (cpm), girls (median) 628cpm; p = 0.0015), sedentary behaviour (Boys 74% of waking time, girls 81% of waking time, p=0.0011) and moderate-vigorous physical activity (Boys 4% of waking time, girls 2% of waking time; p=0.0175). This study that suggests young rural Irish children lead sedentary lifestyles.

Item type: Article
ID code: 36379
Keywords: childhood obesity, physical activity , sedentary behavior, Personal health and hygiene, including exercise, nutrition , Child Health. Child health services
Subjects: Medicine > Public aspects of medicine > Personal health and hygiene, including exercise, nutrition
Medicine > Pediatrics > Child Health. Child health services
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Physical Activity for Health
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    Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2011 11:46
    Last modified: 07 Nov 2012 12:00
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/36379

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