Prevalence and correlates of physical activity within on-reserve first nations youth

Mark Lemstra, Marla Rogers, Adam Thompson, John Moraros

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BACKGROUND: Youth in Canada age 5-17 years require a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (PA) everyday. Regrettably, there are no published studies on levels of PA within on-reserve First Nations youth in Canada that use validated surveys. The objective was to determine what percentage of Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) First Nations on-reserve youth met the Canadian Society for Exercise and Physiology's (CSEP) definition for being physically active, and what influences are associated with meeting this standard.

METHODS: Students in grades 5-8 within the STC were asked to complete a youth health survey.

RESULTS: Only 7.4% of STC youth met CSEP's PA standard. Male youth (13.9%) were more likely to meet the PA standard than female youth (4.1%). Having parents who watch youth participate and who provide transportation to classes, having enough equipment at home, having friends bike or walk to school, participating in physical activity headed by a coach or instructor, and participating in structured classes are associated with meeting the standard.

CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of meeting the PA standard among on-reserve First Nations youth is very low. More research is needed to identify independent risk indicators of being physically inactive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)430-436
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


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