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Parental factors associated with walking to school and participation in organised activities at age 5: Analysis of the Millennium Cohort Study / Sinead Brophy; Roxanne Cooksey; Ronan A Lyons; Non E Thomas; Sarah E Rodgers; Michael B Gravenor

BMC Public Health, Volume: 11, Issue: 1

Swansea University Author: Cooksey, Roxanne

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BackgroundPhysical activity is associated with better health. Two sources of activity for children are walking to school and taking part in organised sports and activities. This study uses a large national cohort to examine factors associated with participation in these activities. MethodsThe Millen...

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Published in: BMC Public Health
ISSN: 1471-2458
Published: 2011
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa12639
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Abstract: BackgroundPhysical activity is associated with better health. Two sources of activity for children are walking to school and taking part in organised sports and activities. This study uses a large national cohort to examine factors associated with participation in these activities. MethodsThe Millennium Cohort study contains 5 year follow-up of 17,561 singleton children recruited between 2000-2002 in the UK. All participants were interviewed in their own homes at 9 months, 3 years and 5 years follow-up and all measures were self reported. Logistic regression and likelihood ratio tests were used. ResultsChildren are less likely to walk to school as income and parental education increase [Adjusted odds: 0.7 (95%CI: 0.6-0.8) for higher income/education compared to low income/no qualifications]. However, if the parent plays with the child in high income families the child is more likely to walk to school [Adjusted odds: 1.67 (95%CI: 1.3-2.1)]. Children taking part in organised activities are from higher income, higher education families, with a car, in a "good" area with non-working mothers. However, in low socio-economic families where the parent plays with the child the child is more likely to take part in organised activities [Adjusted odds: 2.0 (95% CI: 1.5-2.7)]. ConclusionsIncome is an important determinant of the type of activity available to children. Families that report good health behaviours and play with their children show higher levels of physical activity. Thus, parenting practice appears to have a strong impact on their child's physical activity.
College: Swansea University Medical School
Issue: 1