The Strathclyde evaluation of children's active travel (SE-CAT): study rationale and methods

David McMinn, David A Rowe, Shemane Murtagh, Norah M Nelson

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Abstract

The school commute is a prime opportunity to increase children's physical activity levels. However, active commuting has decreased over the past 40 years. Strategies that increase walking to school are therefore needed. Travelling Green (TG) is a school-based active travel resource aimed at increasing children's walking to school. The resource consists of a curriculum-based program of lessons and goal setting activities. A previous study found that children who received the TG intervention increased self-reported distance travelled to school by active modes and reduced the distance travelled by inactive modes. This study was limited by self-reported outcome measures, a small sample, and no follow-up measures. A more robust evaluation of TG is required to address these limitations. This paper describes the rationale and methods for such an evaluation of Travelling Green, and describes the piloting of various active commuting measures in primary school children.
Original languageEnglish
Article number958
Number of pages12
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2011

Keywords

  • Australian children
  • fitness
  • walking school bus
  • accelerometer
  • physcial activity
  • double data-entry
  • calibration
  • youth
  • New Zealand
  • missing data

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