Youth PA

Implications of race and ethnicity for child physical activity and social connections at summer care programs

Latinx and African American children are disproportionately affected by obesity and often do not engage in enough physical activity (PA) to yield health benefits. Because children are less active during the summer compared to the school year, summer …

Environmental Scan of Black/African American Expert Discussion on Activity-Friendly Routes to Everyday Destinations

Project contracted by CDC and SOPHE

Sex Differences in Play Networks and Self-Reported Physical Activity Among Children at Summer Care Programs

This study examined sex differences in child friendship networks relative to summer care programs and associations with self-reported physical activity (PA) across summer. Children (n=182; mean age = 9.93 years; SD = 1.28) at two summer care programs …

Perceived physical activity competence spatial autocorrelation among adolescent friendship networks at a summer care program

**Introduction:** Latinx and African American children are disproportionately affected by obesity and often do not engage in enough physical activity (PA) to yield health benefits. Because children are less active during the summer compared to the …

Will you play with me? Changes in frequency of active play with social network for Mexican-heritage children participating in a father-focused health program

**BACKGROUND and PURPOSE** Child physical activity (PA) and active play are beneficial for physical, mental, and emotional health; however, very few children meet PA guidelines to attain health benefits. Unfortunately, Latinx children report lower …

Differences in active play networks and self-reported physical activity among children at summer care programs

**BACKGROUND and PURPOSE** Despite many health benefits, children engage in significantly less physical activity (PA) in summer with noted disparity between sexes. Summer care programs involve structured opportunities for PA, especially among …

Sport participation associations with child friend selection and physical activity while at summer care programs

Child physical activity (PA) declines during summer reducing PA-related health benefits. Summer care programs (e.g., Boys & Girls Clubs) can promote active play while providing opportunities for friendships. Sport participation is a positive …

Examining the use of a Facebook group to share COVID related child physical activity information

**Purpose:** Social media is an important form of communication because of its vast reach. Understanding what communication types are most effective can inform best practices around information dissemination. This study investigated social media …

Active play network influences on physical activity among children living in south Texas colonias

Physical activity (PA) is beneficial for child health; however, few children meet PA guidelines. Social relationships impact child PA behaviors; however, little is known about this effect in Mexican-heritage populations. This study aims to understand …

Differences in child physical activity levels at rural Play Streets due to activity type and sex

Children are significantly less active during summer months and rural children may face unique barriers to engaging in physical activity (PA). Play Streets is a low-cost way communities can provide safe play opportunities by activating public spaces. …