Birutė Strukčinskienė


The survey on physical activity in schoolchildren was accomplished in Lithuania. In the survey participated 1178 schoolchildren aged 11, 13 and 15 years. Chi-square test was used and the significance level p ≤0.05 was considered statistically significant. The study revealed that 38 % of schoolchildren during leisure time are walking outside more than 1 hour per day, and 14.4 % schoolchildren are walking outside less than 15 minutes per day; no significant differences among age groups were observed. The girls are walking outside significantly longer compared with boys, and urban schoolchildren are walking outside longer than that of rural schoolchildren. Out of school, during leisure time everyday are taking physical exercises or go in for sports only 5.3% schoolchildren, and never exercise 23.2% respondents. The survey showed that 45.8% schoolchildren exercise few times per month and 25.7 % children exercise 2 and more times per week. Girls exercise significantly more often than that of boys. Schoolchildren aged 11, 13, and 15 years exercise similarly and there are no significant differences by this variable. Rural children significantly exercise more during leisure time compared with urban children. During the last 12 months, 27.5% investigated schoolgirls and 46% schoolboys were not ill. About one-third respondents subjectively think, as their health is very good.

Keyword(s): children and adolescents, healthy lifestyle, physical activity, health promotion.
DOI: 10.5200/193
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