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ERIC Number: EJ1022339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
The Feasibility of Using Nature-Based Settings for Physical Activity Programming: Views from Urban Youth and Program Providers
Blanton, Jedediah E.; Oregon, Evelyn M.; Flett, M. Ryan; Gould, Daniel R.; Pfeiffer, Karin A.
American Journal of Health Education, v44 n6 p324-334 2013
Background and Purpose: Given the urgency to design programs to increase physical activity, especially to combat obesity in children, the primary purpose of this study was to investigate perceptions and opinions of a nature-based physical activity intervention designed for low-income urban adolescents. Methods: Four focus groups of adolescents, ages 11 to 14, were conducted, as well as 5 individual interviews with youth programming experts. Results: Focus group interviews revealed how children perceive the outdoors, including their fears and barriers to exercising outside. Expert interviews discussed the necessity of becoming embedded within a network or working alongside community programs with strong ties to a target community in order to be trusted to carry out such an intervention. Discussion and Translation to Health Education Practice: Health education practitioners can use our qualitative findings in the planning, promotion, design, and evaluation of a nature-based physical activity program. Being cognizant of the fears and previous experiences of urban adolescents, as well as using the advice given by our adolescent and expert participants, should increase a program's ability to successfully recruit and facilitate a nature-based physical activity intervention.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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