Student and Parent Self-Reported Changes in Physical Activity Behavior while Wearing an Unsealed Pedometer

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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Child-parent pairs (n = 109) completed a questionnaire assessing whether changes in normal physical activity levels occurred (child) or were observed (parent) when the children wore a pedometer for 7 days. Over two-thirds of the children (78.5%) and almost half of the parents (47.3%) indicated an increase in the child’s normal physical activity. Reduced television viewing (75.2%) and increased outdoor play on the weekend (35.8%) were the most frequently reported means of behavior change as reported by the children and parents, respectively. Results indicate that both children and parents perceive a reactive effect to wearing an unsealed pedometer.

Beets is with the Department of Public Health, Oregon State University, 256 Waldo Hall, Corvallis, OR; Eilert is a Physical Education Specialist with Unified School District 373, Newton, KS; Pitetti is with the Department of Physical Therapy, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS; Foley is with the Department of Physical Education, SUNY Cortland, Cortland, NY.