Neighborhood walkability and physical activity of Czech adolescents
ISPAH ePoster Library. Mitáš J. Oct 15, 2018; 225439; 88
Assoc. Prof. Josef Mitáš
Assoc. Prof. Josef Mitáš
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Abstract Background:<\b>
Neighborhood environment might influence health behavior in Czech adolescents with Increasing prevalence of obesity and unhealthy lifestyle. The aim of this study was to look for difference in physical activity of Czech adolescents according to neighborhood walkability. Methods:<\b>
Standardized method using the IPEN adolescent protocol was used to get the sdata on physical activity (PA) and neighborhood environments across Czech regional cities. The research was running from 2014 to 2016. Total of 1745 adolescents (895 boys) aged 11-19 years participated in the study. Current results include sample of 217 respondents who met the including criteria (objective measures of both PA and environment). Results:<\b>
High walkability was significant factor to be more physically active in adolescent only in weekend days (p<0.01). During the week and school day, neighborhood walkability did not influence the level of PA. The locality (city center and surroundings) was a significant factor for meeting 60 min of MVPA guideline (OR = 1,58; p = 0,550; 95% CI [0,99; 2,53]), in other parts of the cities (outskirts and block of flats) PA did not vary in both sexes.Conclusions:The research on PA and built environment in Czech adolescents indicates no significant differences across the neighborhoods. The policy and school intervention programs should reflect these indicators in creation more active friendly and safe environments to influence the level of physical activity in adolescents. External funding details Supported by the research project of Czech Science Foundation “Multifactorial research on built environment, active lifestyle and physical fitness in Czech adolescents” (No. 14-26896S).
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