Kids in the suburbs, downtown core most active
Surprising study studied more than 300 Saskatoon children
A new study on physical activity and young people said children who live in suburban neighbourhoods or close to the downtown core did better than the in-between neighbourhoods.
"We didn't expect it, but we found that again and again in our data," said Tarun Katapally, assistant professor at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.
The study looked at the behaviour of 331 children in Saskatoon between the ages of 10 and 14, using accelerometers.
However, the study cannot answer why these particular children are more active than others. "We are at the tip of the iceberg. We need to dig deeper," Katapally said.
The research also looked at the impact of weather on children's activity. The study used data from Environment Canada to see how weather interacts with different neighbourhood designs to influence activity.
"People living in some neighbourhoods might do better in terms of active living, irrespective of the weather or different weather patterns than people living in other neighbourhoods."
"If you live in a neighbourhood in winter with better snow clearance it does influence how you move, how you walk."