Demographic, environmental, access, and attitude factors that influence walking to school by elementary school-aged children

Ariel Rodríguez, Christine Vogt

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Abstract

Background Walking to school has been identified as an activity that contributes to children's daily exercise requirements. The purpose of this study was to better understand factors that influence walking to school by elementary school-aged children. Methods A sample of 1,897 elementary school-aged children (84% response rate; 3rd-5th graders) throughout Michigan completed the Michigan Safe Routes to School Student Survey. The survey measures environmental, access, and attitudinal perceptions toward school routes and transportation methods. Results Using logistic regression, the results indicate that the odds of walking to school increase the older children are (odds ratio (OR) = 1.80, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.20-2.70) and if students perceive that walking to school saves time (OR = 3.32, 95% CI = 1.44-7.66) or is safe (OR = 2.60, 95% CI = 1.06-6.39). The odds of a student walking to school decrease the farther a student lives from his or her school (OR = 0.11, 95% CI = 0.04-0.37), if his or her parents have a car (OR = 0.07, 95% CI = 0.02-0.22), and if the student has access to a school bus (OR = 0.07, 95% CI = 0.03-0.18). These factors are significant (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-261
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of School Health
Volume79
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Active transportation
  • Elementary school-aged children
  • Environment
  • Transportation access
  • Walking attitudes

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Demographic, environmental, access, and attitude factors that influence walking to school by elementary school-aged children. / Rodríguez, Ariel; Vogt, Christine.

In: Journal of School Health, Vol. 79, No. 6, 06.2009, p. 255-261.

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