Socio-ecological influences on physical activity in primary school children: a view from South Africa

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Lambert, Estelle V en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Draper, Catherine E en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Uys, Monika en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-08T14:26:12Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-08T14:26:12Z
dc.date.issued 2015 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Uys, M. 2015. Socio-ecological influences on physical activity in primary school children: a view from South Africa. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16919
dc.description Includes bibliographical references en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity has increased substantially globally with a concurrent decline in both children's physical activity and fitness levels. The socio-ecological model proposes that health behaviour, such as physical activity, is influenced by multiple factors, at an individual, social and environmental level. However, there seems to be a lack of consensus in the current literature on the factors influencing physical activity in different settings (e.g. school, neighbourhood), and across a wide range of socio-economic conditions. To our knowledge, there are no data available on the role of different environmental factors (within the school and the neighbourhood environment) in relation to children's physical activity in a South African setting. Therefore, one of the key aims of this thesis was to assess the effectiveness of a novel intervention on fitness, measures of physical activity and factors that influence physical activity. Specifically, this thesis assessed the effectiveness of a school-based, curriculum-grounded, educator-focused intervention designed to increase physical activity and healthy eating in South African primary school students in low income settings, on fitness levels and physical activity related knowledge, attitudes and behaviour (Chapter 2). Additionally, this thesis examined factors within the school environment associated with observed physical activity in children during in-school break time, self-report activity, and moderate- to -vigorous, in-school objectively-measured activity (Chapter 3-5). Furthermore, this thesis assessed the influences of parental perceptions and the neighbourhood environment on children's physical activity (Chapter 6). The overarching aim of this thesis is to examine the association between environmental constructs (physical spatial and built environment, social environment, and policy environment) and children's physical activity. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Exercise Science and Sports Medicine en_ZA
dc.title Socio-ecological influences on physical activity in primary school children: a view from South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Doctoral Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences en_ZA
dc.publisher.department MRC/UCT RU for Exercise and Sport Medicine en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Uys, M. (2015). <i>Socio-ecological influences on physical activity in primary school children: a view from South Africa</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,MRC/UCT RU for Exercise and Sport Medicine. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16919 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Uys, Monika. <i>"Socio-ecological influences on physical activity in primary school children: a view from South Africa."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,MRC/UCT RU for Exercise and Sport Medicine, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16919 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Uys M. Socio-ecological influences on physical activity in primary school children: a view from South Africa. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,MRC/UCT RU for Exercise and Sport Medicine, 2015 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16919 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Uys, Monika AB - The prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity has increased substantially globally with a concurrent decline in both children's physical activity and fitness levels. The socio-ecological model proposes that health behaviour, such as physical activity, is influenced by multiple factors, at an individual, social and environmental level. However, there seems to be a lack of consensus in the current literature on the factors influencing physical activity in different settings (e.g. school, neighbourhood), and across a wide range of socio-economic conditions. To our knowledge, there are no data available on the role of different environmental factors (within the school and the neighbourhood environment) in relation to children's physical activity in a South African setting. Therefore, one of the key aims of this thesis was to assess the effectiveness of a novel intervention on fitness, measures of physical activity and factors that influence physical activity. Specifically, this thesis assessed the effectiveness of a school-based, curriculum-grounded, educator-focused intervention designed to increase physical activity and healthy eating in South African primary school students in low income settings, on fitness levels and physical activity related knowledge, attitudes and behaviour (Chapter 2). Additionally, this thesis examined factors within the school environment associated with observed physical activity in children during in-school break time, self-report activity, and moderate- to -vigorous, in-school objectively-measured activity (Chapter 3-5). Furthermore, this thesis assessed the influences of parental perceptions and the neighbourhood environment on children's physical activity (Chapter 6). The overarching aim of this thesis is to examine the association between environmental constructs (physical spatial and built environment, social environment, and policy environment) and children's physical activity. DA - 2015 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - Socio-ecological influences on physical activity in primary school children: a view from South Africa TI - Socio-ecological influences on physical activity in primary school children: a view from South Africa UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16919 ER - en_ZA


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