Implementing Change to Arrest the Decline in Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) for Adolescent Girls in Two Rural and Regional High Schools
A Case Study Approach
Keywords:physical activity, adolescent girls, risk factors, participation, resistance
Inactivity has been linked to a range of lifestyle conditions such as hypertension, type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease (World Health Organisation, 2009). Engagement in physical activity and in sport has been consistently reported to decline as the general population ages (Telama et al., 2005). In particular, the age of adolescence has been identified as a time of decreasing physical activity most often at a greater rate than adjacent age groups (Booth et al., 1997; Trost et al., 2002; Webber et al., 2008). However, for adolescent girls, the decline in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) has been greater than their male peers specifically in New South Wales (NSW), Australia (Hardy, Okely & Booth, 2008). Physical activity and participation rates are lower in outer regional and remote areas of Australia when compared to participants living in metropolitan settings, and females in rural settings are the most inactive of all groups (AIHW, 2012: 206). Adolescent girls residing in rural contexts are emerging as being at a disadvantage when it comes to practicing healthy lifestyle choices (McKenzie et al., 2004). A lack of physical activity is one of the most modifiable risk factors related to the morbidity and mortality health outcomes of individuals (Brown et al., 2007; Warburton et al., 2006). In addition, physical and mental health is enhanced through regular physical activity, and general emotional well-being is reported to be heightened for all active age groups (Steptoe & Butler, 1996).
How to Cite
Copyright (c) 2023 Judith Miller, Lauren Puglisi, Janine Perry
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Authors contributing to The Australian and Internation Journal of Rural Education agree to publish their articles under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license, allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and to remix, transform, and build upon the material, for any purpose, even commercially, under the condition that appropriate credit is given, that a link to the license is provided, and that you indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
Authors retain copyright of their work, with first publication rights granted to The Australian and Internation Journal of Rural Education.
Manuscripts submitted for publication should not have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. It is the responsibility of authors to secure release of any copyright materials included in their manuscripts, and to provide written evidence of this to the editors.
Papers are accepted on the understanding that they are subject to editorial revision. The Editorial Committee cannot guarantee that all contributions will be published nor give definite dates of publication. However, contributors will be advised if their papers are not accepted or if there will be a long publication delay.