BACKGROUND: This study investigated the association of travel mode to school and non-school destinations with objectively assessed health markers and physical activity in an ethnically diverse sample of inner-city UK schoolchildren. METHODS: We used data from the Camden Active Spaces project (n = 450 children aged 9.1 yrs) to examine associations of school travel mode and frequency of active travel to non-school destinations with daily and out-of-school physical activity, sedentary time and health markers; whilst controlling for appropriate covariates including objectively measured route length. RESULTS: High frequency of active travel to non-school destinations was associated with more time in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity during out-of-school periods (3.8, 0.8-6.9 min/d) and greater out-of-school (738, 197.4-1278.6 steps/d) and daily step counts (588.1, 51.6-1124.6 steps/d). No associations were observed between school travel mode, health outcomes and activity levels. CONCLUSION: High frequency of active travel to non-school destinations is associated with higher levels of physical activity. These findings highlight the contribution of travel to non-school destinations to overall physical activity levels in schoolchildren.
L., S., D., A., & M., H. (2017). Active travel to non-school destinations but not to school is associated with higher physical activity levels in an ethnically diverse sample of inner-city schoolchildren. BMC Public Health, 17(1), 13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-3920-1 LK - http://bc-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/openurl/BCL/services_page?&sid=EMBASE&issn=14712458&id=doi:10.1186%2Fs12889-016-3920-1&atitle=Active+travel+to+non-school+destinations+but+not+to+school+is+associated+with+higher+physical+activity+levels+in+an+ethnically+diverse+sample+of+inner-city+schoolchildren&stitle=BMC+Public+Health&title=BMC+public+health&volume=17&issue=1&spage=13&epage=&aulast=Smith&aufirst=Lee&auinit=L.&aufull=Smith+L.&coden=&isbn=&pages=13-&date=