Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Physical Activity Behaviors among Adolescents in Selected Regions of China

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Physical Activity Behaviors among Adolescents in Selected Regions of China

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Ling Ping and Zhou Lijun, Zhejiang University, and Larry D. Hensley, University of Northern Iowa

Physical activity has been linked to improved health status as well as reduced risk for all-cause mortality and a variety of chronic diseases. Because the benefits associated with physical activity are not cultural specific, it is of interest to assess the physical activity behaviors of citizens in countries throughout the world. While children and adolescents in the U.S. are generally more active than adults, evidence indicates a precipitous decline in physical activity participation after about 12-13 years of age. The purpose of this study was to investigate the physical activity behaviors of adolescents, ages 13-19 years, in the People's Republic of China (PRC). A convenience sample of 1,500 adolescent children residing in Hangzhou, PRC (Zhejiang Province) was selected from cooperating schools to participate in the study. Participants were distributed copies of the Physical Activity and Exercise Questionnaire (PAEQ), which was further modified for use in China. The primary intent of the PAEQ was to ascerta in information regarding physical activity performed outside of physical education class for at least 15-mm of continuous duration during the previous 7 days. Useable questionnaires were received from 960 participants, for a return rate of 64%. …

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