Is environmental setting associated with the intensity and duration of children's physical activity? Findings from the SPEEDY GPS study

Emma Coombes, Esther van Sluijs, Andy Jones

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Using a sample of English school children, we use accelerometery and global positioning systems to identify whether different intensities of activity (light, moderate, and vigorous) occur in different environments, and whether environments for bouts of moderate to vigorous activity (MVPA) vary from those for non-bout MVPA. We find that land uses such as buildings and roads and pavements were generally used for light activity, whilst green environments such as gardens, parks, grassland and farmland appear supportive of vigorous activity. Built land uses such as hard surface play areas were particularly used for activity of short duration. Future work may consider differentiating light activity from moderate and vigorous, and separating bout and non-bout MVPA to better identify environmental supportiveness for activity in children.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-65
Number of pages4
JournalHealth & Place
Early online date7 Jan 2013
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

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