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Prev Chronic Dis. 2017 Sep 14;14:E79. doi: 10.5888/pcd14.160607.

A Method for Evaluating Physical Activity Programs in Schools.

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Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, 10065 E Harvard Dr, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80231. Email:
College of Education, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Denver, Colorado.
Department of Health Sciences, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona.


Providing opportunities for students to be physically active during the school day leads to increased academic performance, better focus, and fewer behavioral problems. As schools begin to incorporate more physical activity programming into the school day, evaluators need methods to measure how much physical activity students are being offered through this programming. Because classroom-based physical activity is often offered in 3-minute to 5-minute bouts at various times of the day, depending on the teachers' time to incorporate it, it is a challenge to evaluate this activity. This article describes a method to estimate the number of physical activity minutes provided before, during, and after school. The web-based tool can be used to gather data cost-effectively from a large number of schools. Strategies to increase teacher response rates and assess intensity of activity should be explored.

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