Understanding physical activity behaviors in a diverse population of low-income children living in the rural United States

The Foundation's Active Living Research program was designed to support investigator-initiated research to identify and assess structural, environmental, and policy changes with the potential to increase population levels of physical activity.This study will assess physical activity opportunities and habits in rural American elementary school children living in the Central Valley, Mississippi River Delta, Appalachia and southeast regions of the United States. The assessment will lead to an understanding of physical activity patterns including what activities children currently do and those they would like to do, where they engage in activity, and their perceptions of characteristics that either support or detract from their ability to participate in physical activity. Using the data collected from this study, investigators will design a conceptual model of an activity-friendly rural environment for children ages 6 to 11 years and develop hypotheses about environmental and policy characteristics that are related to physical activity in rural elementary school children.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $61,616.00

Awarded on: 12/5/2006

Time frame: 1/1/2007 - 12/31/2007

Grant Number: 59458


Tufts University

389 Boston Avenue
Medford, 02155-5566


Christina D. Economos
Project Director