Master of Science
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Dr. Shauna Burke
The purpose of the study was to assess the physical activity (PA) levels, sedentary behaviours, and PA-related barriers and facilitators of a sample of Latino children in London, Canada. Forty boys and 34 girls (mean age = 11.4 years) completed questionnaires related to PA levels, sedentary behaviours, and PA-related barriers and facilitators, and 64 of these children wore an accelerometer for 4 consecutive days. Children spent an average of 53 minutes per day in moderate-to-vigorous PA. The average daily sedentary time for participants was 8.6 hours, and subjective measures revealed that participants spent 3.8 hours per day in front of screens. Participants identified a number of barriers to PA, including environmental factors, a lack of resources, reduced opportunities for PA, a lack of motivation, and a lack of time. PA-related facilitators included motivation, opportunities for skill development, social support, and physical fitness goals.
Mandich, Gillian E., "Physical activity among Latino children in London, Ontario: An assessment of physical activity levels, sedentary behaviours, and physical activity-related barriers and facilitators" (2012). University of Western Ontario - Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. Paper 512.