ERIC Number: EJ822440
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
Primary School Children's Health-Enhancing Physical Activity Patterns: The School as a Significant Environment?
Fairclough, S. J.; Butcher, Z. H.; Stratton, G.
Education 3-13, v36 n4 p371-381 Nov 2008
The moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) of 70 children (age 8.6 years; 40 boys) was measured and gender and age differences were compared. Boys spent 28 minutes per day more than girls in MVPA (p=0.02, d=0.54), and younger children accumulated 24 minutes more MVPA than older peers (p=0.0001, d=0.91). Similar gender and age-related trends were apparent during segmented periods of the day. The majority of daily MVPA was accrued during school-related time (56.4 [plus or minus] 9.1%; p=0.0001, d=1.57). The findings reinforce the significance of schools as key environments for MVPA participation and promotion. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures and 3 notes.)
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Age Differences, Elementary School Students, Gender Differences, Health Behavior, Health Promotion, Physical Education, Recess Breaks, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom