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Purpose : The purposes of this study were to examine and compare physical activity (PA) levels of secondary-school students between different school locations and sizes, and to determine their compliance with the physical activity guidelines (PAG).
Methods : This observational study was carried out in 160 Thai secondary-school students (averaged aged 15.6 ± 1.1 years, BMI 21.1 ± 3.6 kg.) from 4 different secondary schools in the northeast of Thailand. All participants were requested to wear the activity monitor (Feelfit) on their right hip for 7 consecutive days with a minimum of 10 hours wearing time. Independent Sample t-test and Chi-square test were used to analyze all dependent variables.
Results : Boys and normal-weight students in urban school had significantly spent more time at only light PA compared to students in rural school (p<0.05). Furthermore, students in a small-to-medium school size had more time spent in moderate PA compared to students in a largeschool size (p<0.05). However, there were no significant differences in compliance with the PAG observed between groups (p>0.05).
Conclusion : School locations and sizes are important factors that influence PA among Thai secondary-school students.
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