ERIC Number: EJ1146758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Active Families in the Great Outdoors: A Program to Promote Family Outdoor Physical Activity
Flynn, Jennifer I.; Bassett, David R.; Fouts, Hillary N.; Thompson, Dixie L.; Coe, Dawn P.
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v17 n3 p227-238 2017
This study evaluated a 4-week program to increase the time families spent engaging in outdoor activity. Parents were provided strategies to increase family outdoor activity and locations to be active. Sixteen families completed the program. Duration and number of family outdoor activity bouts per week, type of activities, locations, and family member attendance were measured using logs. Pre/post surveys were conducted to determine the usefulness of providing educational resources and maps. Compared to baseline (216.1±127.3 min/week), family outdoor activity for weeks 1 (316.1±180.2 min/week), 2 (351.1±209.1 min/week), and 4 (317.5±186.8 min/week) were significantly greater at follow-up. At follow-up, parents reported increased regular exercise and encouragement for their child to be active. Children reported adults engaged in physical activity with them and increased transportation to places to be active. This novel program increased family outdoor activity levels and contributes to limited research on strategies to increase outdoor activity in youth.
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Family Programs, Outdoor Education, Physical Activities, Diaries, Pretests Posttests, Participation, Educational Resources, Maps, Comparative Analysis, Exercise, Parents, Children, Surveys, Parent Attitudes, Childhood Attitudes, Knowledge Level, Statistical Analysis
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