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Active commuting to school among NSW primary school children: implications for public health

Citation

Merom, Dafna; Tudor-Locke, Catrine; Bauman, Adrian; & Rissel, Chris (2006). Active commuting to school among NSW primary school children: implications for public health. Health & Place, 12(4), 678-687.

Abstract

Regular active commuting by walking/cycling can help maintain an active lifestyle. The frequency, duration and correlates of school active commuting were examined for primary school children in NSW, Australia. Walking/cycling -only and in combination with bus/car were of short duration (median 7 or 4 min, respectively) and their frequency dropped within a short distance (>0.75 km) from school. Apart from distance, child's age, school affiliation and perceived safety, regular walking/cycling (10 trips, 22%) was associated with parents’ travel mode to work and with father taking the child to school. Frequent walking/cycling (⩾5 trips, 37%) was associated with child's level of independence and the perceived benefits of active commuting. Behaviour change in this setting requires multi-level strategies.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2005.09.003

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2006

Journal Title

Health & Place

Author(s)

Merom, Dafna
Tudor-Locke, Catrine
Bauman, Adrian
Rissel, Chris