Characteristics of park usage by children and adolescents, Bucaramanga, Colombia: A secondary analysis
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Diana Marina Camargo
Diana Marina Camargo
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Public parks offer a great opportunity for recreation and leisure time for children and adolescents in which obesity and screen time has been increasing. This study describes the patterns of park usage by children and adolescent in a Colombian intermediate city. Method: Ten public parks were observed using the System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC) between August to December in 2015. Ten observations periods were made in 5 days of the week. Sex, age, period of day, parks’ strata and areas for physical activity were analyzed. Results:<\b>
In total 16,671 observations were completed, recording 17,248 children and adolescents as park users of which more men were observed 11,264 (65.3%); also among women, more girls (62.7%) were observed compared to female adolescents (37.3%). Fifty percent visit the park in the afternoon of which 69.1% were male adolescents. Both, girls and boys (76.7%;60.4%), compared with adolescents, visited more frequently low strata parks, showing a significant trend to decrease in medium (62.4%; 53.3%) and high strata parks’ (52.6%;31.5%) respectively. More adolescent men were observed on weekdays (51%) comparing to weekend (45.1%). Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and roundabouts were highly used by children 78%, 73% and 57.7%, respectively; on the contrary courts, fitness stations and walking/bike trails were more used by adolescents 56.8%, 63.4% and 60% respectively. Conclusion:<\b>
Is necessary to increase, innovate, diversify and maintain in good conditions the areas for recreation and enjoyment of leisure time for children and adolescents. External funding details Administrative Department of Science and Technology of Colombia (Colciencias).
Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Public parks offer a great opportunity for recreation and leisure time for children and adolescents in which obesity and screen time has been increasing. This study describes the patterns of park usage by children and adolescent in a Colombian intermediate city. Method: Ten public parks were observed using the System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC) between August to December in 2015. Ten observations periods were made in 5 days of the week. Sex, age, period of day, parks’ strata and areas for physical activity were analyzed. Results:<\b>
In total 16,671 observations were completed, recording 17,248 children and adolescents as park users of which more men were observed 11,264 (65.3%); also among women, more girls (62.7%) were observed compared to female adolescents (37.3%). Fifty percent visit the park in the afternoon of which 69.1% were male adolescents. Both, girls and boys (76.7%;60.4%), compared with adolescents, visited more frequently low strata parks, showing a significant trend to decrease in medium (62.4%; 53.3%) and high strata parks’ (52.6%;31.5%) respectively. More adolescent men were observed on weekdays (51%) comparing to weekend (45.1%). Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and roundabouts were highly used by children 78%, 73% and 57.7%, respectively; on the contrary courts, fitness stations and walking/bike trails were more used by adolescents 56.8%, 63.4% and 60% respectively. Conclusion:<\b>
Is necessary to increase, innovate, diversify and maintain in good conditions the areas for recreation and enjoyment of leisure time for children and adolescents. External funding details Administrative Department of Science and Technology of Colombia (Colciencias).
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