Walk to School and Physical Activity
The purpose of the proposed study is to determine the effect of walking to school for one week on total physical activity and patterns of physical activity in third, fourth and fifth grade students.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Educational/Counseling/Training
|Official Title:||Walk to School and Physical Activity|
- Accelerometer derived average minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day.
- Accelerometer derived average counts per minute per day.
- Accelerometer derived average minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity before, during, and after school and in the evening.
- Accelerometer derived average counts per minute per day before, during, and after school and in the evening.
|Study Start Date:||October 2004|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||May 2005|
Increasing children’s physical activity has become an important public health concern. Active transportation (walking and bicycling) is one aspect of children’s physical activity that has received little attention but may provide a means of increasing children’s activity levels. Traveling to school is a common activity for most children in the United States. Due to this regularity, active transportation to school provides a possible way to incorporate an increase in children’s moderate-to-vigorous physical activity into a routine activity.
Several “walk to school” programs have been implemented but it is not known if the physical activity levels of children walking to school are greater than those that get chauffeured or bused. Theoretically, moderate intensity activity should be greater in the walkers compared to others. This difference should be in proportion to the duration of the walk to and from school; determined by how far the child lives from the school. However, more activity in the morning may have an impact on activity levels later in the day. Therefore, differences in daily activity patterns in addition to total activity need to be considered.
Comparison(s): Following a baseline week, the physical activity of students randomized to a Walk to School group will be compared to those randomized to a Control group, who will continue to be driven to school.
|United States, California|
|Stanford University School of Medicine|
|Stanford, California, United States, 94305|
|Principal Investigator:||John R Sirard, PhD||Stanford University|
|Study Director:||Thomas N Robinson, MD, MPH||Stanford University|