What is it about?

Higher levels of physical activity has been associated with better physical, social, and cognitive health while higher levels of certain sedentary behaviors, such as screen time, have been linked to poorer health outcomes. We showed that children from families with lower parental education and annual household income had less supervised physical activity than other children. However, we found no differences in total daily physical activity between children from different backgrounds. Boys from with lower parental education and annual household income also had more screen time than other boys.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that it is not necessary to promote supervised exercise lessons to narrow the health inequalities in children. Promoting environment that support physically active lifestyle may have more pronounced effect on physical activity levels than that of supervised exercise. Unstructured physical activity is also affordable for most families.


This is one of the highlights of my academic career as this is the first paper published by my PhD student.

Dr. Eero Haapala
University of Jyväskylä

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This page is a summary of: Physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and socioeconomic status among Finnish girls and boys aged 6–8 years, European Journal of Sport Science, March 2017, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2017.1294619.
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