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ERIC Number: EJ909959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1077-5315
Advantages of Gardening as a Form of Physical Activity in an After-School Program
Phelps, Joshua; Hermann, Janice R.; Parker, Stephany P.; Denney, Barbara
Journal of Extension, v48 n6 Article 6RIB5 Dec 2010
Children who normally abstain from physical activity may view gardening as a viable non-competitive alternative. The study reported here evaluated the effect of an Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service after-school gardening program on self-reported physical activity level of children in 3rd through 5th grade using the ACTIVITY self-report instrument. The ACTIVITY instrument described and demonstrated three physical activity levels; non-moving, moving, and fast-moving. A significant difference between pre- and post-test scores of children's self-reported physical activity level was observed. The results of the study indicate gardening was an effective non-competitive way to increase children's self-reported physical activity level in an after-school setting. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma