Contextual influences on children's and adolescent's physical activity [ 2004 - 2006 ]

Also known as: Family and neighbourhood influences and children's physical activity

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Researchers: Prof David Crawford (Principal investigator) ,  Prof Anna Timperio Prof Billie Giles-Corti Prof Jo Salmon Prof Kylie Ball
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Brief description Physical inactivity has been linked to several chronic health conditions among children and adolescents. However, there has been no research that has examined the long-term physical activity habits of Australian children and how these habits change as children move into adolescence. In addition, there is only limited information regarding the factors that influence children's physical activity. This study aims to examine changes in physical activity and sedentary behaviours, such as television viewing and computer use, that occur over three years, and also over five years, among children aged 5-6 years and 10-12 years in 2001 (baseline). As such, this study will provide information about children's physical activity habits through primary school and from late primary school to the end of secondary school. The study will also examine the influence of the family and neighbourhood environment on changes that occur in physical activity and sedentary behaviour over that time. This study is significant because it will provide information on the critical transition period between primary and secondary school. The study will identify when changes in these health behaviours occur, the extent of these changes, and the influence of factors in the family environment and the local neighbourhood on changes in these behaviours. Such information is vital to inform the development of strategies to promote and maintain health-enhancing physical activity levels and reduce sedentariness among children.

Funding Amount $AUD 440,950.00

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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