Sleep Time, Physical Activity, and Screen Time among Montana American Indian Youth

Vernon Grant, Francine C. Gachupin

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The purpose of this study is to describe sleep, PA, and screen time behaviors among rural American Indian (AI) youth, stratified by sex and grade, to better understand how to address these health behaviors in AI youth. Body composition, a screen time survey, and demographic information were collected from 65 AI youth. Accelerometers were worn for 7 days. Sixty percent were overweight or obese. Sleep did not differ by sex or grade, with an actigraphy-based total sleep time (aTST) of 7.8 h per night. Boys had significantly more light PA (p = 0.002) and vigorous PA (p = 0.01) compared to girls. Screen time did differ by sex but not by grade, with girls in the sixth and seventh grades reporting more screen time than boys, but boys in the eighth grade reporting more screen time than girls. Despite sex differences in screen time, high levels of screen time and obesity and low levels of PA and sleep are a concern in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6658
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • disease prevention
  • health disparity
  • health promotion
  • tribal communities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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