Background: Evaluation of eating habits and
physical activity is very important for health interventions.
Our aim in this study was to assess the characteristics
of eating and physical activity of 6-7th grade schoolchildren
in the city of Vilnius, Lithuania, as well as the
association between dietary habits and physical activity.
Methods: The study was conducted within the project
“Education of healthy diets and physical activity in
schools”. The sample consisted of 1008 schoolchildren
from 22 schools in the city of Vilnius, and was based on
empirical methods, including a questionnaire poll and
comparative analysis. Statistical software Stata v.12.1
(Stata corp LP) was used to analyze the data. Results: Our study showed that less than half (37.1%) of
study participants had physically active leisure time.
Boys were significantly more physically active than girls.
More than half (61.4%) of children ate breakfast every
day. Girls were more likely to eat vegetables and sweets.
Schoolchildren who ate vegetables and dairy products as
well as those who got enough information about physical
activity and spoke about it with their family members
were more physically active. Conclusions: The results of the study confirmed that
schoolchildren were not sufficiently physically active. It
was found that low physical activity is related to dietary
and other factors, such as lack of information about physical
activity and its benefits.