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Regional differences of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in Swiss children are not explained by socio-demographics or the built environment

Bringolf-Isler, Bettina and Mäder, Urs and Dössegger, Alain and Hofmann, Heidi and Puder, Jardena J. and Braun-Fahrländer, Charlotte and Kriemler, Susi. (2015) Regional differences of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in Swiss children are not explained by socio-demographics or the built environment. International journal of public health, 60 (3). pp. 291-300.

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Abstract

We evaluated whether regional differences in physical activity (PA) and sedentary behaviour (SB) existed along language boundaries within Switzerland and whether potential differences would be explained by socio-demographics or environmental characteristics.; We combined data of 611 children aged 4 to 7 years from four regional studies. PA and SB were assessed by accelerometers. Information about the socio-demographic background was obtained by questionnaires. Objective neighbourhood attributes could be linked to home addresses. Multivariate regression models were used to test associations between PA and SB and socio-demographic characteristics and neighbourhood attributes.; Children from the German compared to the French-speaking region were more physically active and less sedentary (by 10-15 %, p > 0.01). Although German-speaking children lived in a more favourable environment and a higher socioeconomic neighbourhood (differences p > 0.001), these characteristics did not explain the differences in PA behaviour between French and German speaking.; Factors related to the language region, which might be culturally rooted were among the strongest correlates of PA and SB among Swiss children, independent of individual, social and environmental factors.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Former Units within Swiss TPH > Microbial Exposure & Childhood Allergies (Braun-Fahrländer)
UniBasel Contributors:Bringolf-Isler, Bettina and Braun-Fahrländer, Charlotte and Kriemler, Susi
Item Type:Article, refereed
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Publisher:Birkhäuser
ISSN:1661-8556
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Deposited On:10 Apr 2015 09:13

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