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ERIC Number: EJ1142344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0273-5024
To Move More and Sit Less: Does Physical Activity/Fitness Knowledge Matter in Youth?
Chen, Senlin; Liu, Yang; Schaben, Jodee
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, v36 n2 p142-151 Apr 2017
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine physical activity (PA)/fitness knowledge and its association with PA and sedentary behavior in youth. Method: Eighth grade students from five schools (N = 660) in a midwestern state completed a PE Metrics written test and the Youth Activity Profile to assess PA/fitness knowledge, PA (at school and after school) and sedentary behavior, respectively. Results: Participants were clustered into high, medium, and low knowledge groups. Students in the high knowledge group reported higher level of PA after school (p < 0.05, d = 0.28) but lower level of sedentary behavior than the low knowledge group (p = 0.001, d = -0.45). The low knowledge group also reported higher PA at school (p < 0.05, d = 0.25). PA/Fitness knowledge significantly predicted sedentary behavior, particularly in the low knowledge group (ß = -0.32, t = -2.46, p < 0.05, R2 = 0.105), after controlling for gender and race/ethnicity. Conclusion: Physical education focused on conveying PA/fitness knowledge is warranted to educate youth to move more and sit less.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
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