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After-School Setting, Physical Activity, and Sedentary Behavior in 5th Grade Boys and Girls
- Added on June 28, 2012
After-school hours are considered critical for children’s physical activity (PA) and sedentary behaviors (SB); however, whether the after-school setting influences children’s activity patterns is unknown. This study examined the influence of after-school setting (i.e., parent report of the child’s usual after-school setting) on 5th grade children’s PA and SB, and differences by race/ethnicity. Boys whose parents reported they usually attended an after-school program had higher PA than boys who usually went home after school. A significant interaction between race/ethnicity and after-school setting showed that minority girls whose parents reported they usually attended an after-school program had higher PA and engaged in less SB compared with those who usually went home, whereas the activity patterns of white girls did not differ by after-school setting. Children’s usual after-school setting affects their activity patterns; after-school programs may potentially increase PA in boys and minority girls.
Link to Abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22809713