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Health Promot J Austr. 2008 Apr;19(1):16-21.

Improving children's physical activity in out-of-school hours care settings.

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Population Health, Health Development, Greater Southern Area Health Service, New South Wales. Sangster@gsahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Abstract

ISSUES ADDRESSED:

Improving children's opportunities for and participation in physical activity at out-of-school hours (OOSH) care.

METHODS:

A needs assessment, 12-month implementation and evaluation were conducted. Strategies included feedback and support to improve physical activity programs and policies; staff training; resource distribution; and grants to disadvantaged services. Strategies were developed in partnership with an advisory committee from the OOSH sector. Physical activity policies, the types of after-school activities offered and children's participation in these activities were evaluated before and after implementation.

RESULTS:

Statistically significant improvements were seen in the proportion of moderate or vigorous activities programmed each week. Children's participation showed a significant shift from lower to higher-intensity activities. Improvements were also seen in the number of services with planned physical activity programs and physical activity policies.

CONCLUSION:

The OOSH sector is an effective setting for promoting children's physical activity.

PMID:
18481927
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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