The Association between Distance to School, Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors in Adolescents: Project STIL

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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  • 1 Loughborough University
  • 2 San Diego State University
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The purpose of this research was to investigate the relationship between distance to school and levels of physical activity and sedentary behavior in UK adolescents. Participants were 1385 adolescents (boys n = 531; mean age 14.7 years). Boys living within two miles of school and girls living within 5 miles of school were more likely to report high levels (≥60 min per day) of weekday leisure time physical activity. Differences in weekday leisure time physical activity were accounted for by active travel time. There were no differences in sedentary behavior time by distance to school. Journeys, whether active or motorized, most often took place with friends. Further research should investigate wider physical and social environmental influences on active travel.

Gorely, Biddle, Cameron, and Cassey are with the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leics LE11 3TU, UK. Marshall is with the Dept. of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.