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Combination of School Physical Activity Opportunities and Student Activity

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Objectives: We compared elementary students' time spent in moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA) during school hours according to a combination of school PA opportunities, including physical education (PE) class, recess, and classroom activity breaks. Methods: A total of 505 5th-6th graders in 12 Chicago suburban elementary schools completed PA measurement using accelerometers. Availability of PA opportunities on each accelerometer measurement day was recorded. Results: Students engaged in more MVPA on days when PE and recess were offered, compared to days with recess only (p < .01). Adding classroom activity breaks in addition to recess did not significantly increase MVPA. Conclusions: When implementing multiple school PA opportunities, careful scheduling may be important for effective PA promotion.


Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Publication date: September 1, 2014

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