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Research Overview

Physical Activity and Active Transport (PAAT) Research Project 

The title of this three year collaborative project is “Assessment of Physical Activity and Active Transport Among school children in Eastern, Western and Southern Regions of Africa: The case of Kenya, Nigeria and Mozambique".The objectives of this research project include consolidating the existing information on active transportation measurement instruments and published literature on active transportation among African children and youth; to develop or refine an instrument or protocol to collect physical activity data; to collect data on the physical activity and active transport among African school children living in urban, sub-urban and rural areas to help inform report cards from Kenya, Nigeria, and Mozambique;  

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International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE) and the Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy Study (CAPL)

 KIDS-CAN researchers from Kenyatta University and the CHEO-HALO partnered to conduct a study that examined the influence of behavioural, physical, social, and policy environments on the relationship between lifestyle characteristics and weight gain in school aged children attending schools in Nairobi, Kenya. ISCOLE is a multi-national study that will collect data from 500 children in each of 12 countries representing five major regions of the world, including Kenya in Africa

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University of British Columbia-Kenyatta University (UBC-KU) Research Project


In 2011, a group of researchers from the University of British Columbia (W. Sheel, G. Foster, M. Koehle, B. Wilson) travelled to Kenyatta University to complete a project titled "Kenyan running: lungs, genes, sport and peace". This study was funded by the Martha Piper Research Fund of the University of British Columbia. This work was conducted in collaboration with colleagues from Kenyatta University (V. Onywera, M. Boit).

  The project consisted of two main parts. First, lab-based experiments were completed where detailed measures of the respiratory responses to exercise in elite Kenyan runners were studied. Importantly, this portion of the project involved the training of undergraduate and graduate students.

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PAAT RESEARCH UPDATE

Physical Activity and Active Transport (PAAT) Research Project began with the training of research assistants on data quality management i.e. data collection and quality control. This paved way for data collection.  PAAT involves four research locations: Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique and Canada. The Kenya site (Kenyatta University) serves as the coordinating centre for the project.

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