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Differences in park characteristic preferences for visitation and physical activity among adolescents: A latent class analysis

Dyck. Supervision: Jelle Van Cauwenberg, Benedicte Deforche. Writing ? original draft: Lieze Mertens, Jelle Van Cauwenberg, Jenny Veitch, Benedicte Deforche, Delfien Van Dyck. Writing ? review ... & editing: Lieze Mertens, Jelle Van Cauwenberg, Jenny Veitch, Benedicte Deforche, Delfien Van Dyck. 12 / 16 13 / 16 14 / 16 53. 15 / 16 1. Telama R . Tracking of physical activity from childhood to

A systematic review of the prevalence of sedentary behavior during the after-school period among children aged 5-18 years

Background Independent of physical activity levels, youth sedentary behaviors (SB) have negative health outcomes. SB prevalence estimates during discretionary periods of the day (e.g., after-school), inform the need for targeted period-specific interventions. This systematic review aimed to determine children’s and adolescents’ SB prevalence during the after-school period...

Challenges in conducting natural experiments in parks—lessons from the REVAMP study

Experimental evidence on the role of the built environment for promoting physical activity is important for informing how to create cities that promote active living. Parks provide opportunities for physical activity; however, there is little robust evidence on the impact of park refurbishment. Government agencies often modify parks, providing opportunities for natural experiment...

Adolescents’ ratings of features of parks that encourage park visitation and physical activity

Background The neighbourhood environment such as the availability of parks are a key, but under-researched, influence on adolescents’ physical activity. In addition to overall physical activity levels, park-based physical activity and park visitation is low in this age group. Thus, it is critical to identify park features that may encourage or discourage adolescents from visiting...

Contribution of the After-School Period to Children’s Daily Participation in Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviours

Objectives Children’s after-school physical activity (PA) and sedentary behaviours (SB) are not well understood, despite the potential this period holds for intervention. This study aimed to describe children’s after-school physical activity and sedentary behaviours; establish the contribution this makes to daily participation and to achieving physical activity and sedentary...

The correlates of after-school sedentary behavior among children aged 5–18 years: a systematic review

Background Children and adolescents spend a large proportion of the after-school period in sedentary behaviors (SB). Identifying context-specific correlates is important for informing strategies to reduce these behaviors. This paper systematically reviews the correlates of children’s and adolescents’ after-school SB. Methods A computerized literature search was performed in...

Social and Physical Environmental Factors Influencing Adolescents’ Physical Activity in Urban Public Open Spaces: A Qualitative Study Using Walk-Along Interviews

Most previous studies examining physical activity in Public Open Spaces (POS) focused solely on the physical environment. However, according to socio-ecological models the social environment is important as well. The aim of this study was to determine which social and physical environmental factors affect adolescents’ visitation and physical activity in POS in low-income...

How active are people in metropolitan parks? An observational study of park visitation in Australia

Background Parks are generally an under-utilized resource in the community with great potential to enhance levels of physical activity. If parks are to attract more visitors across a broad cross-section of the population and facilitate increased physical activity, research is needed to better understand park visitor characteristics and how visitors spend their time in parks. The...

Park proximity, quality and recreational physical activity among mid-older aged adults: moderating effects of individual factors and area of residence

Background The transition from active employment to retirement is a potentially critical period for promoting maintenance or development of recreational physical activity in older age. Park proximity and quality might be important correlates of recreational physical activity in this age group. However, research on park-physical activity relationships among mid-older aged adults...

Exploring associations between parental and peer variables, personal variables and physical activity among adolescents: a mediation analysis

Background This study aimed to investigate how parental and peer variables are associated with moderate- to-vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA) on week- and weekend days among Australian adolescents (13-15y), and whether perceived internal barriers (e.g. lack of time), external barriers (e.g. lack of others to be physically active with) and self-efficacy mediated these...

Are independent mobility and territorial range associated with park visitation among youth?

Background Parks are important for providing opportunities for physical activity among youth. Apart from engaging in physical activity whilst visiting a park, active transportation (e.g. walking or cycling) to parks is potentially an additional source of physical activity. Previous research has shown that a major barrier to young people visiting parks is their inability to visit...

A natural experiment to examine the impact of park renewal on park-use and park-based physical activity in a disadvantaged neighbourhood: the REVAMP study methods

Background Modifying the built environment by improving parks is potentially a sustainable way to increase population level physical activity. Despite considerable investment in parks and park renovations, few natural experiments on the impact of improving amenities on park use and park-based physical activity have been conducted. REVAMP is a natural experiment that aims to...

Environmental perceptions as mediators of the relationship between the objective built environment and walking among socio-economically disadvantaged women

Background Women living in socio-economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods are at increased risk for physical inactivity and associated health outcomes and are difficult to reach through personally tailored interventions. Targeting the built environment may be an effective strategy in this population subgroup. The aim of this study was to examine the mediating role of...

Individual, social and physical environmental correlates of children's active free-play: a cross-sectional study

children to engage in active free-play is also warranted. Acknowledgements Jenny Veitch is supported by a National Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Jo Salmon is supported by a National Heart

The neighborhood social environment and body mass index among youth: a mediation analysis

:274309). Analyses for the current paper were part of the MeMo International Exchange programme funded under Marie Curie Actions (FP7PEOPLE-2009-IRSES-247630). Jenny Veitch is supported by a National Heart