Youth-physical activity towards health: evidence and background to the development of the Y-PATH physical activity intervention for adolescents

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/313008
Title:
Youth-physical activity towards health: evidence and background to the development of the Y-PATH physical activity intervention for adolescents
Authors:
Belton, Sarahjane; O’ Brien, Wesley; Meegan, Sarah; Woods, Catherine; Issartel, Johann
Citation:
BMC Public Health. 2014 Feb 05;14(1):122
Issue Date:
5-Feb-2014
URI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-122; http://hdl.handle.net/10147/313008
Abstract:
Abstract Background Despite known benefits of regular physical activity for health and well-being, many studies suggest that levels of physical activity in young people are low, and decline dramatically during adolescence. The purpose of the current research was to gather data on adolescent youth in order to inform the development of a targeted physical activity intervention. Methods Cross-sectional data on physical activity levels (using self report and accelerometry), psychological correlates of physical activity, anthropometic characteristics, and the fundamental movement skill proficiency of 256 youth (53% male, 12.40 ± 0.51 years) were collected. A subsample (n = 59) participated in focus group interviews to explore their perceptions of health and identify barriers and motivators to participation in physical activity. Results Findings indicate that the majority of youth (67%) were not accumulating the minimum 60 minutes of physical activity recommended daily for health, and that 99.5% did not achieve the fundamental movement skill proficiency expected for their age. Body mass index data showed that 25% of youth were classified as overweight or obese. Self-efficacy and physical activity attitude scores were significantly different (p < 0.05) between low, moderate and high active participants. Active and inactive youth reported differences in their perceived understanding of health and their barriers to physical activity participation, with active youth relating nutrition, exercise, energy and sports with the definition of ‘being healthy’, and inactive youth attributing primarily nutritional concepts to ‘being healthy’. Conclusions Data show a need for targeting low levels of physical activity in youth through addressing poor health related activity knowledge and low fundamental movement skill proficiency. The Y-PATH intervention was developed in accordance with the present study findings; details of the intervention format are presented.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY; YOUNG PEOPLE; PUBLIC HEALTH

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBelton, Sarahjaneen_GB
dc.contributor.authorO’ Brien, Wesleyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMeegan, Sarahen_GB
dc.contributor.authorWoods, Catherineen_GB
dc.contributor.authorIssartel, Johannen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-17T16:18:16Z-
dc.date.available2014-02-17T16:18:16Z-
dc.date.issued2014-02-05-
dc.identifier.citationBMC Public Health. 2014 Feb 05;14(1):122en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-122-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/313008-
dc.description.abstractAbstract Background Despite known benefits of regular physical activity for health and well-being, many studies suggest that levels of physical activity in young people are low, and decline dramatically during adolescence. The purpose of the current research was to gather data on adolescent youth in order to inform the development of a targeted physical activity intervention. Methods Cross-sectional data on physical activity levels (using self report and accelerometry), psychological correlates of physical activity, anthropometic characteristics, and the fundamental movement skill proficiency of 256 youth (53% male, 12.40 ± 0.51 years) were collected. A subsample (n = 59) participated in focus group interviews to explore their perceptions of health and identify barriers and motivators to participation in physical activity. Results Findings indicate that the majority of youth (67%) were not accumulating the minimum 60 minutes of physical activity recommended daily for health, and that 99.5% did not achieve the fundamental movement skill proficiency expected for their age. Body mass index data showed that 25% of youth were classified as overweight or obese. Self-efficacy and physical activity attitude scores were significantly different (p < 0.05) between low, moderate and high active participants. Active and inactive youth reported differences in their perceived understanding of health and their barriers to physical activity participation, with active youth relating nutrition, exercise, energy and sports with the definition of ‘being healthy’, and inactive youth attributing primarily nutritional concepts to ‘being healthy’. Conclusions Data show a need for targeting low levels of physical activity in youth through addressing poor health related activity knowledge and low fundamental movement skill proficiency. The Y-PATH intervention was developed in accordance with the present study findings; details of the intervention format are presented.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectPHYSICAL ACTIVITYen_GB
dc.subjectYOUNG PEOPLEen_GB
dc.subjectPUBLIC HEALTHen_GB
dc.titleYouth-physical activity towards health: evidence and background to the development of the Y-PATH physical activity intervention for adolescentsen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.language.rfc3066en-
dc.rights.holderSarahjane Belton et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.-
dc.description.statusPeer Reviewed-
dc.date.updated2014-02-12T16:31:44Z-
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