Association between active commuting and elevated blood pressure in adolescents

Fábio da Silva Santana Aline Cabral Palmeira Marcos André Moura dos Santos Breno Quintella Farah Bruna Cadengue Coêlho de Souza Raphael Mendes Ritti-Dias About the authors



To analyze the association between active commuting and blood pressure in adolescents.


This is a cross-sectional study with high school students from public education network in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil. Data from 6039 students (14 to 19 years) were collected using a questionnaire. “Physically inactive” were considered those who reported not to walk or ride a bicycle to and from school on any day of the past week, and/or those who, regardless of the weekly frequency of practice this type of activity, reported the duration of commuting to school was less than 20 minutes (round trip). The high blood pressure was obtained by Omron HEM 742 equipment. Adolescents with high blood pressure were defined as those with higher blood pressure or equal to the 95th percentile for age, sex and height. Regression logistic analyses were used to assess the association between active commuting and high blood pressure, considering adjustments for the following confounders: sex, age, overweight, total physical activity, socioeconomic level, place of residence.


The prevalence of high blood pressure was 7.3%, and 79.3% were considered insufficiently active in commuting. There was an association between high blood pressure and active commuting only among those living in rural areas (OR = 6.498; 95% CI = 1.513-27.900), and the same was not observed among those living in urban areas (OR = 1.113; 95% CI = 0.812-1.526).


Active commuting can be considered a protective factor for high blood pressure in adolescents living in rural areas.

Motor activity; Exercise; Adolescent; Hypertension; Public health

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