Award Date

5-2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Health Promotion

First Committee Member

Timothy Bungum, Chair

Second Committee Member

Michele Chino

Third Committee Member

Melva Thompson-Robinson

Graduate Faculty Representative

Christine Bergman

Number of Pages

54

Abstract

This study assessed the effectiveness of a school-based active transportation to school (ATS) encouragement program for elementary school students. ATS shows promise for increasing physical activity and preventing excessive weight gain in children. ATS rates were assessed through frequency counts at the control school (N=697) and intervention school (N=693). The intervention encouraged ATS through the distribution of low-cost incentives on one weekday each week. It also required helmet use for participation and included a Walking School Bus component. Findings from this study suggest that the intervention effectively increased ATS on both intervention and non-intervention days.

Keywords

Active transportation to school; Bicycle commuting; Exercise; Obesity in children; School children—Transportation; Walking

Disciplines

Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion

Language

English


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