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A program evaluation of an in-school daily physical activity initiative for children and youth

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Public Health, August 2018
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Title
A program evaluation of an in-school daily physical activity initiative for children and youth
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BMC Public Health, August 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12889-018-5943-2
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Emily Bremer, Jeffrey D. Graham, Scott Veldhuizen, John Cairney

Abstract

The school system is one setting in which children's physical activity levels may be increased through daily physical activity (DPA) policies and initiatives. Adherence to DPA policies is typically poor and results are limited in regard to the associated benefits for participating children. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate a range of psychosocial outcomes following a community-led, in-school DPA initiative for 9-14 year old children and youth. This program evaluation examined the impact of a DPA program consisting of 20 min of teacher-led DPA for 20 consecutive weeks. Student outcomes were measured using a questionnaire administered at three time points: baseline, mid-intervention, and post-intervention. A teacher questionnaire regarding program adherence and student behaviour was completed at post-intervention. Mixed effects models were used to test for intervention effects, with random intercepts for students, classes, and schools, as well as fixed effects for age and sex. Due to the large number of outcomes measured, we first conducted an omnibus test of the intervention effect followed by three exploratory analyses examining each outcome separately, associations between outcomes and program adherence, and results from the teacher survey. Thirty classes (N = 19 experimental) from 7 schools participated in the study, with a total of 362 children (n = 265 experimental). There was no significant overall effect of the intervention (z = 0.89, p = 0.38) and the exploratory analyses demonstrated significant differences only for self-esteem and subjective happiness, with the control group slightly increasing relative to the experimental group. Teacher-reported adherence to the program was poor with only 21% of teachers adhering to the program. There was no association between overall adherence and student reported outcomes; however, positive correlations were present between adherence and teacher-reported student behaviour. The DPA program evaluated here did not improve the psychosocial well-being of elementary school-aged children more than usual practices. However, adherence to the program was poor and it did not have a negative effect on the students. Future work is needed on how best to support DPA implementation in the context of the school day and how student well-being may be positively impacted through school-based physical activity. Program Evaluation of an in-school Daily Physical Activity Initiative NCT03618927 , August 6, 2018. Retrospectively registered.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 128 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 17 13%
Student > Bachelor 16 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 14 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 10%
Researcher 9 7%
Other 16 13%
Unknown 43 34%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Sports and Recreations 22 17%
Psychology 17 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 14 11%
Medicine and Dentistry 6 5%
Social Sciences 5 4%
Other 11 9%
Unknown 53 41%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 5. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 05 September 2018.
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#4,324,979
of 15,922,891 outputs
Outputs from BMC Public Health
#4,720
of 10,955 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#94,435
of 281,847 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Public Health
#10
of 18 outputs
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