Event Title

Comparison of time-location pattern of undergraduate university students of Asian countries: The Pakistan component

Location

Auditorium Pond Side

Start Date

26-2-2014 10:30 AM

Abstract

Introduction: Time-location data are required to characterize human exposure (e.g. air pollution and noise pollution) and to identify important locations where exposures are occurring. There is limited information about time-location patterns of undergraduate students in Asian countries. This study was designed to compare the diary method with total physical activity among undergraduate university students in Karachi, Pakistan

Objective: To compare subjective methods of total physical activity and diary method among undergraduate university students in Karachi, Pakistan

Methodology: A cross-sectional study, conducted from September 2012 to May 2013, included 50 students, half each from Aga Khan University Medical College (AKU-MC), and School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKU-SONAM). Time-location pattern was recorded for 24 hours, on any weekday, for each individual through diary method, while physical activity was assessed through the International Physical Activity Questionnaire

Results: Daily around 24.8% of student’s time was spent outdoors (leisure time with friends, recreation), 30.8% indoor-inside campus (academics), while 44.5% indoor-outside campus. Based on physical activity categories, 8% of the students were inactive; 52% were moderately active and 40% were physically active. Females had higher proportion of vigorous physical activities 42.3 % as compare to males 37.5%

Conclusion: Most of the activity takes place inside campus, as compared to leisure activity and travelling. The proportion of students involved in vigorous physical activity is low especially among females. Recognition of these activity patterns will help participants adopt healthy lifestyle.

Keywords: time-location patterns, students, human exposure, physical activity

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Comparison of time-location pattern of undergraduate university students of Asian countries: The Pakistan component

Auditorium Pond Side

Introduction: Time-location data are required to characterize human exposure (e.g. air pollution and noise pollution) and to identify important locations where exposures are occurring. There is limited information about time-location patterns of undergraduate students in Asian countries. This study was designed to compare the diary method with total physical activity among undergraduate university students in Karachi, Pakistan

Objective: To compare subjective methods of total physical activity and diary method among undergraduate university students in Karachi, Pakistan

Methodology: A cross-sectional study, conducted from September 2012 to May 2013, included 50 students, half each from Aga Khan University Medical College (AKU-MC), and School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKU-SONAM). Time-location pattern was recorded for 24 hours, on any weekday, for each individual through diary method, while physical activity was assessed through the International Physical Activity Questionnaire

Results: Daily around 24.8% of student’s time was spent outdoors (leisure time with friends, recreation), 30.8% indoor-inside campus (academics), while 44.5% indoor-outside campus. Based on physical activity categories, 8% of the students were inactive; 52% were moderately active and 40% were physically active. Females had higher proportion of vigorous physical activities 42.3 % as compare to males 37.5%

Conclusion: Most of the activity takes place inside campus, as compared to leisure activity and travelling. The proportion of students involved in vigorous physical activity is low especially among females. Recognition of these activity patterns will help participants adopt healthy lifestyle.

Keywords: time-location patterns, students, human exposure, physical activity