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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2015 Oct;54(12):1145-52. doi: 10.1177/0009922815569204. Epub 2015 Feb 2.

Effects of a Brief Physical Activity Program on Young Students' Physical Fitness.

Author information

1
Joan C. Edwards Marshall University School of Medicine, Huntington, WV, USA hayes79@marshall.edu.
2
Joan C. Edwards Marshall University School of Medicine, Huntington, WV, USA.
3
Department of Pediatrics, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Our objective was to test whether brief daily activity could increase young students' physical fitness and compare different forms of intervention delivery.

METHODS:

Two intervention groups were instructed to increase children's activity by 6 minutes daily. The principal was responsible for the intervention in the first group while classroom teachers were responsible in the second. The third group was a control. Success was defined by changes in student fitness.

RESULTS:

The principal-led group had a significant increase in the number of 75-foot laps completed after intervention (+0.61 laps) and a significant decrease in after-exercise heart rate (-37.4 beats per minute) as compared with the control group. The teacher-led group experienced no change in either outcome.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings demonstrate that a 6-minute increase in activity can produce a significant improvement in student fitness. Administrative support of school-based interventions can have a positive impact on program completion.

KEYWORDS:

exercise; pediatric obesity; physical fitness; program; schools

PMID:
25644648
DOI:
10.1177/0009922815569204
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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