Leisure time physical activity and blood pressure in schoolchildren

Pasquale Strazzullo, Francesco P. Cappuccio, Maurizio Trevisan, Aniello De Leo, Vittorio Krogh, Nicola Giorgione, Mario Mancini

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Abstract

The relation between blood pressure and habitual physical activity during leisure time was investigated in a random sample of 272 sixth grade school children (mean age, 11.3 years) who entered secondary school in 1983 in Marano di Napoli, a suburb of Naples, Italy. Blood pressure, pulse rate, and anthropometry were measured with standardized techniques. Physical activity was evaluated by a questionnaire outlining four levels of physical activity during leisure time. The study provided evidence that a low level of physical activity during leisure time In 11-year-old children is associated with higher systolic blood pressure independent of sex, age, and adiposity. These findings may be relevant to programs of primary prevention of arterial hypertension in early life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)726-733
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Epidemiology
Volume127
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1988

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Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Blood pressure
  • Exercise
  • Physical
  • Primary prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Epidemiology

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Strazzullo, P., Cappuccio, F. P., Trevisan, M., Leo, A. D., Krogh, V., Giorgione, N., & Mancini, M. (1988). Leisure time physical activity and blood pressure in schoolchildren. American Journal of Epidemiology, 127(4), 726-733.

Leisure time physical activity and blood pressure in schoolchildren. / Strazzullo, Pasquale; Cappuccio, Francesco P.; Trevisan, Maurizio; Leo, Aniello De; Krogh, Vittorio; Giorgione, Nicola; Mancini, Mario.

In: American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 127, No. 4, 04.1988, p. 726-733.

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Strazzullo, P, Cappuccio, FP, Trevisan, M, Leo, AD, Krogh, V, Giorgione, N & Mancini, M 1988, 'Leisure time physical activity and blood pressure in schoolchildren', American Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 127, no. 4, pp. 726-733.
Strazzullo P, Cappuccio FP, Trevisan M, Leo AD, Krogh V, Giorgione N et al. Leisure time physical activity and blood pressure in schoolchildren. American Journal of Epidemiology. 1988 Apr;127(4):726-733.
Strazzullo, Pasquale ; Cappuccio, Francesco P. ; Trevisan, Maurizio ; Leo, Aniello De ; Krogh, Vittorio ; Giorgione, Nicola ; Mancini, Mario. / Leisure time physical activity and blood pressure in schoolchildren. In: American Journal of Epidemiology. 1988 ; Vol. 127, No. 4. pp. 726-733.
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