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Am J Health Behav. 2013 May;37(3):318-24. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.37.3.4.

Physical activity during recess in low-income third-grade Texas students.

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Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, University of Texas School of Public Health-Austin Regional Campus, Austin, TX, USA. Andrew.E.Springer@uth.tmc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To estimate the prevalence of recess-based moderate and vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and vigorous physical activity (VPA) among third-grade students attending low-income, urban schools in Texas.

METHODS:

Structured observations (N = 77 class and 616 student observations) using SOFIT were conducted over 3 months in 8 elementary schools with majority Hispanic students.

RESULTS:

Students engaged in 66.4% and 19.2% of their ∼20-minute recess time in MVPA and VPA, respectively. Boys engaged in more MVPA and VPA (p < .007). Contextual differences in activity (setting and activity type) were identified.

CONCLUSIONS:

Findings underscore the importance of scheduled recess time for children's physical activity.

PMID:
23985178
PMCID:
PMC3761405
DOI:
10.5993/AJHB.37.3.4
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