Active Travel to School, BMI and Participation in Organised and Non-organised Physical Activity Among Portuguese Adolescents

The aim of this research was to assess the relationship between participation in organized (OPA) and non-organized physical activity (NOPA), commuting to school and BMI. Questionnaire assessing participation in OPA, NOPA, and travel behavior submitted in spring 2006 to 721 Portuguese secondary school students. Active travelers walked or biked (AT). Passive travelers drove or took the bus (PT). Height and weight were measured. AT was related to NOPA among boys (odds ratio (OR) = 1.8, p ≤ 0.05) but not among girls. AT was unrelated to OPA. BMI was weakly associated with OPA (boys: OR = 0.56, p ≤ 0.05; girls: OR = 0.54, p ≤ 0.05) and not with NOPA. After-school organized and non-organized physical activities do not predict active traveling to school among Portuguese adolescents.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from Elsevier
  • Authors:
    • Santos, Maria Paula
    • Oliveira, Jose
    • Ribeiro, Jose Carlos
    • Mota, Jorge
  • Publication Date: 2009-12


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  • Accession Number: 01148055
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 5 2010 2:37PM