Determinants of change in physical activity, sedentary behaviour and physical fitness in adolescence
This study identifies the determinants of change in physical activity, sedentary behavior and physical fitness during puberty. Low levels of physical activity in young people are a major public health concern globally. Physical activity decreases as children progress through childhood to adolescence.
Study population consists total of 900 students aged 10 to 13 years at baseline, and their physical activity and fitness will be monitored prospectively for two years. Physical activity, sedentary behaviours and fitness will be measured objectively.
Substudy related to the prerequisites of students’ participation in the creation of physically more active school-day will be examined by participatory observation and interviews for students and teachers.
Results can be used to plan and target the promotion of physical activity among young people.
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Funding: Ministry of Education and Culture & Juho Vainio Foundation