A systematic review of interventions for promoting active transportation to school Public Deposited

Downloadable Content

Download PDF
Creator
  • Vaughn, Amber
    • Affiliation: UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Ward, Dianne
    • Affiliation: Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Nutrition, UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Evenson, Kelly
    • Affiliation: Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Chillón, Palma
    • Affiliation: UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
    • Other Affiliation: Department of Physical Education and Sport, University of Granada, Spain
Abstract
  • Abstract Background Active transportation to school is an important contributor to the total physical activity of children and adolescents. However, active school travel has declined over time, and interventions are needed to reverse this trend. The purpose of this paper is to review intervention studies related to active school transportation to guide future intervention research. Methods A systematic review was conducted to identify intervention studies of active transportation to school published in the scientific literature through January 2010. Five electronic databases and a manual search were conducted. Detailed information was extracted, including a quantitative assessment comparing the effect sizes, and a qualitative assessment using an established evaluation tool. Results We identified 14 interventions that focused on active transportation to school. These interventions mainly focused on primary school children in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Almost all the interventions used quasi-experimental designs (10/14), and most of the interventions reported a small effect size on active transportation (6/14). Conclusion More research with higher quality study designs and measures should be conducted to further evaluate interventions and to determine the most successful strategies for increasing active transportation to school.
Date of publication
DOI
Identifier
  • doi:10.1186/1479-5868-8-10
  • 21320322
Resource type
  • Article
Rights statement
  • In Copyright
Rights holder
  • Palma Chillón et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
License
Journal title
  • International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Journal volume
  • 8
Journal issue
  • 1
Page start
  • 10
Language
  • English
Is the article or chapter peer-reviewed?
  • Yes
ISSN
  • 1479-5868
Bibliographic citation
  • International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2011 Feb 14;8(1):10
Access
  • Open Access
Publisher
  • BioMed Central Ltd
Parents:

This work has no parents.

Items