TU researcher to examine effects of school policies, environments onHispanic adolescents' physical activity

Alexander Vigo
Alexander Vigo

TOWSON, Md. (March 24, 2010) Alexander Vigo, Department of Kinesiology, will use his recent Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant of more than $71,000 to analyze Puerto Rican schools' instructional practices and policies to determine school climate toward healthy living. In addition, Vigo will analyze environmental variables that either accommodate or limit Hispanic adolescents' physical activity choices and behaviors in these schools. According to Vigo, Hispanics living in Puerto Rico are among the least physically active in the United States. Responding to an increase in sedentary lifestyles among adolescents within this population, the project will examine Puerto Rican public schools' practices, policies, and environmental factors to determine limitations and opportunities for physical activity. To date, says Vigo, there is little to no evidence on how these factors contribute to the lifestyle choices of Hispanic adolescents. Government agencies and officials will use the study results to inform policy and make recommendations for effective intervention strategies within secondary education.

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