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ERIC Number: EJ1009615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
State Policies about Physical Activity Minutes in Physical Education or during School
Carlson, Jordan A.; Sallis, James F.; Chriqui, Jamie F.; Schneider, Linda; McDermid, Lindsey C.; Agron, Peggy
Journal of School Health, v83 n3 p150-156 Mar 2013
Background: School policies can change practices on a relatively permanent basis. This study investigated adoption and implementation of state-level policies specifying minutes (or percent) of physical activity in physical education (PE) or during school. Methods: Policies were identi?ed from existing databases and rated as having weak, moderate, or strong wording. Interviews with state-level PE coordinators were conducted to investigate the level of implementation, monitoring, and enforcement of the identi?ed policies. Results: Sixteen states had a policy that met inclusion criteria (19 policies total); 11 states had a policy addressing minutes of physical activity during school, 2 had a policy addressing percent of PE time to be spent in physical activity, and 3 had policies addressing both. None of the 19 policies were rated as having strong wording and 5 were rated as having moderate wording. The range in minutes of physical activity per week addressed in the policies was 60 to 300. Four of the 5 (elementary) and 5 of 5 (middle) policies addressing percent of PE spent physically active speci?ed 50%. The only monitoring efforts reported consisted of schools self-reporting progress to the state. Conclusions: More states need to adopt school physical activity policies and policy language needs to be more speci?c to prevent potential loopholes. Monitoring and evaluation strategies, beyond school self-report, are likely needed for these policies to lead to increases in physical activity. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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