Participation in physical education classes and physical activity and sitting time in Brazilian adolescents
ISPAH ePoster Library. Augusto Santos D. Oct 15, 2018; 225198
Diego Augusto Santos
Diego Augusto Santos
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Abstract Introduction/Background: To examine physical activity (PA) and sitting time levels of adolescents from Brazil who have Physical Education (PE) classes compared with those who do not have PE classes. We also examined the association between participation frequency in PE classes and PA and sitting time in adolescents according to the economic development level of the region of residence. Method: A cross-sectional study representative of Brazil was carried out in 2015 with 12,220 Brazilian students aged 11-19 years. Participation frequency in PE classes, PA during PE classes, active commuting, PA outside of school hours, total accumulated PA, moderate to vigorous PA (MVPA), time sitting in front of the TV and total sitting time were assessed using a self-administered questionnaire. Multilevel modeling analyses were used. Results:<\b>
Students who reported having PE classes were more likely to meet MVPA recommendations, spent more time in PA outside of school hours, and accumulated more PA than students who reported not having PE classes. Adolescents from regions with higher Human Development Index (HDI) who took PE classes at least 1-2 times/week were more likely to have higher levels of PA and shorter time spent sitting. For regions with lower HDI, adolescents who took PE classes ≥3 times/week were more likely to have higher levels of PA. Conclusion:<\b>
Adolescents who take PE classes have better PA indicators. Having PE classes is associated with a higher level of PA and lower level of sitting time in adolescents from regions with higher HDI.
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