Summarizes research on predictors and health consequences of active commuting to school and outline and evaluate programs specific to children's walking and bicycling to school. The results indicate that children who walk or bicycle to school have higher daily levels of physical activity and better cardiovascular fitness than do children who do not actively commute to school. A wide range of predictors of children's active commuting behaviors was identified, including demographic factors, individual and family factors, school factors (including the immediate area surrounding schools), and social and physical environmental factors.
Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy
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