Physical activity assessment in American Indian schoolchildren in the pathways study

Scott B. Going, Sarah Levin, Joanne Harrell, Dawn Stewart, Larry Kushi, Carol E. Cornell, Sally Hunsberger, Charles Corbin, James Sallis

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The objective of the Pathways physical activity feasibility study was to develop methods for comparing type and amount of activity between intervention and control schools participating in a school-based obesity prevention program. Two methods proved feasible: 1) a specially designed 24- h physical activity recall questionnaire for assessing the frequency and type of activities and 2) use of a triaxial accelerometer for assessing amount of activity. Results from pilot studies supporting the use of these methods are described. Analyses of activity during different segments of the day showed that children were most active after school. The activities reported most frequently (eg, basketball and mixed walking and running) were also the ones found to be most popular in the study population on the basis of formative assessment surveys. Both the physical activity recall questionnaire and the triaxial accelerometer methods will be used to assess the effects of the full-scale intervention on physical activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)788S-995S
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Issue number4 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Apr 1999


  • Accelerometers
  • American Indians
  • Assessment
  • Children
  • Energy expenditure
  • Obesity
  • Pathways study
  • Physical activity
  • Recall questionnaire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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