Active commuting to school among NSW primary school children: implications for public health

Dafna Merom, Catrine Tudor- Locke, Adrian Bauman, Chris Rissel

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Abstract

Regular active commuting by walking/cycling can help maintain an active lifestyle. The frequency, duration and correlates of school active commuting were examined for primary school children in NSW, Australia. Walking/cycling -only and in combination with bus/car were of short duration (median 7 or 4 min, respectively) and their frequency dropped within a short distance (>0.75 km) from school. Apart from distance, child's age, school affiliation and perceived safety, regular walking/cycling (10 trips, 22%) was associated with parents' travel mode to work and with father taking the child to school. Frequent walking/cycling (≥5 trips, 37%) was associated with child's level of independence and the perceived benefits of active commuting. Behaviour change in this setting requires multi-level strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)678-687
Number of pages10
JournalHealth and Place
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Active commuting
  • Cycling
  • Environment
  • Safe
  • School
  • Walking

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