Locations of Joint Physical Activity in Parent-Child Pairs Based on Accelerometer and GPS Monitoring

Levels of physical activity among children may be influenced by parental influences. Here, the authors analyzed the locations that parent–child pairs performed joint moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and sedentary behavior.

Two hundred and ninety-one parent–child pairs residing in or near Chino, Calif. wore an accelerometer and global positioning system for seven days. The children ranged in age from 8 to 14 years. Data were collected from March 2009 through December 2010. “Joint” behavior was classified as occurring <50 m apart from one another at the same time. The locations where MVPA occurred included residential, commercial, or open space.

The largest proportion of joint MVPA occurred in residential locations. Additionally, obese children were less likely to perform joint MVPA with their parent in open spaces/parks than in residential locations.

The results of this study indicate that the weight status of parent and child are a factor in the location where joint physical activity occurs. Obese parents and children are less likely to engage in MVPA at parks and open spaces, suggesting that location-based interventions may be more impactful.

Introduction to the Active Living Research Supplement

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  2. 2. Uneven Playing Field--Effective Strategies to Address Health Inequity Through Active Living Research
  3. 3. Using Evidence to Create Active Communities: Stories from the Field--Policy and Research with Chicago's Child Care Centers
  4. 4. Trends in Presentations of Environmental and Policy Studies Related to Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity at Society of Behavioral Medicine, 1995-2010
  5. 5. Spatial Disparities in the Distribution of Parks and Green Spaces in the USA
  6. 6. Exploring the Distribution of Park Availability, Features, and Quality Across Kansas City, Missouri by Income and Race/Ethnicity
  7. 7. Perceptions of Neighborhood Park Quality
  8. 8. Gender Differences in Self-Report Physical Activity and Park and Recreation Facility Use Among Latinos in Wake County, North Carolina
  9. 9. Beyond Distance: Children's School Travel Mode Choice
  10. 10. The Perceived and Built Environment Surrounding Urban Schools and Physical Activity Among Adolescent Girls
  11. 11. Aesthetic Amenities and Safety Hazards Associated with Walking and Bicycling for Transportation in New York City
  12. 12. Does Neighbourhood Walkability Moderate the Effects of Mass Media Communication Strategies to Promote Regular Physical Activity?
  13. 13. Individual-and Area-Level Disparities in Access to the Road Network, Subway System and a Public Bicycle Share Program on the Island of Montreal, Canada
  14. 14. Effect of Bike Lane Infrastructure Improvements on Ridership in One New Orleans Neighborhood
  15. 15. Using Google Street View to Audit the Built Environment
  16. 16. School Sport Participation Under Two School Sport Policies
  17. 17. Physical Education and Student Activity
  18. 18. District and School Physical Education Policies
  19. 19. Predictors of Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) in African American Young Adolescents
  20. 20. Pathways to Outdoor Recreation, Physical Activity, and Delinquency Among Urban Latino Adolescents
  21. 21. Locations of Joint Physical Activity in Parent-Child Pairs Based on Accelerometer and GPS Monitoring