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ERIC Number: EJ869302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0273-446X
Adolescents and Teachers as Partners in a School-Based Research Project to Increase Physical Activity Opportunities in a Rural Community
Rye, James; Tompkins, Nancy O'Hara; McClure, Darlene; Aleshire, Jacqueline
Rural Educator, v30 n1 p39-48 Fall 2008
Schools are an important resource in combating the physical inactivity and obesity epidemics in rural economically depressed areas. Through a University-community partnership, teachers and adolescents in a rural West Virginia county with one of the highest obesity rates in the state developed a school-based research intervention to increase physical activity opportunities. The intervention included walking routes, educational sessions, and pedometers. A survey about barriers to physical activity revealed that "lack of willpower" was a barrier of concern among program participants (mostly school employees) and had a statistically significant (p = 0.0033) pre to post mean score decrease during the year two offering. Focus groups with the adolescent researchers revealed that pedometers may facilitate maintenance of physical activity and a broader community impact. Focus group dialogue combined with teacher-researcher perspectives suggested that the adolescents changed their weight control paradigm from "dieting" to include the critical role of energy expenditure. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
National Rural Education Association. Rural Educator, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 Maryland Parkway Box 453002, Las Vegas, NV 89154-3002. Tel: 702-895-3478; Fax: 702-895-3492; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia