141st APHA Annual Meeting

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Effects of an active tranport to school program

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 2:50 PM - 3:10 PM

Tim Bungum, DrPH , Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Sheila Clark, MEd , School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Brenda Aguilar, BS , Planned Parenthood, Las Vegas, NV
Many children do not meet established physical activity (PA) guidelines. One strategy that may enhance PA levels is increase active transport to school (ATS) rates. We sought to assess the effect of a school supported ATS promotion. Methods: a quasi experimental design was used to compare ATS rates at one school that participated in a statewide intervention (Nevada Moves Day [NMD]) and a similar school that did not. Schools were matched on student population, socio-economic status and size of catchment area. All students lived within two miles of their school and were ineligible for free bus transportation. Students using ATS were counted by university students placed at strategically selected sites. The counting of ATS students began 30 minutes before, and ceased five minutes after school started. Data was collected one week before, on NMD, and one week later. Results: Preintervention ATS rates were 7.5% and 7.8% at the intervention and control schools respectively. On the intervention day the ATS rate increased to 16.8% at the intervention school, while ATS at the control school dropped slightly to 7.0%. This is difference was significant (X2=8.4; p<.001). One week later ATS rates returned to pre intervention rates at both schools. Discussion: A one day ATS intervention was effective at increasing rates, but the effect was ephemeral. It appears that to institutionalize increases in ATS rates strategies that highlight the need to change transport choices over a longer time periods should be employed.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the utility and effectiveness of a one day active transport to school intervention.

Keywords: Physical Activity, Child Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have presented and published on this topic over 50 times.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.