Places where children are active: A longitudinal examination of children's physical activity

Cynthia K. Perry, Elizabeth Ackert, James F. Sallis, Karen Glanz, Brian E. Saelens

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Using two-year longitudinal data, we examined locations where children spent time and were active, whether location patterns were stable, and relationships between spending time in their home neighborhood and moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA). At two time points (2007–2009 and 2009–2011), children living in the metropolitans areas of either San Diego, CA or Seattle, WA wore an accelerometer, and parents recorded their child's locations for seven days. Across two years, global average proportion of time spent in each location was stable, but total time and proportion of time in each location spent in MVPA decreased significantly across all locations. Children spent the largest proportion of time in MVPA in their home neighborhood at both time points, although they spent little time in their home neighborhood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-95
Number of pages8
JournalPreventive medicine
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Built environment
  • Children
  • Correlates
  • Exercise
  • Neighborhood
  • Physical activity
  • Prospective

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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