While adolescents technically get the majority of their moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) at school, when you consider the fact that school is where adolescents spend most of their time in the first place, the actual proportion of that activity isn’t all that impressive. But then again, neither are the MVPA numbers for just about any other place they spend their waking hours, according to researchers.
Those are just 2 of the findings in a new study that used GPS devices and accelerometers to track exactly where and when MVPA took place among 12- to 16-year-olds. The study, e-published ahead of print in Pediatrics, tracked the activities of 549 adolescents to get a glimpse of how close the group came to meeting public health guidelines for at least 60 minutes of MVPA per day, and where they experienced the activity. Samples were drawn from the Baltimore-Washington and Seattle-King County metropolitan areas, and included 446 census block regions. Half of the participants were female; 31.3% were nonwhite or Hispanic.