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ERIC Number: EJ923980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Can Young Children Make Active Choices? Outcomes of a Feasibility Trial in Seven-Year-Old Children
Hands, Beth; Larkin, Dawne; Rose, Elizabeth; Parker, Helen; Smith, Anne
Early Child Development and Care, v181 n5 p625-637 2011
This project evaluated the feasibility of a child-centred 24-week physical activity intervention. The "Play5" strategy encourages children to choose to play vigorously five times a day for about as long as school recess. The seven-year-old children were randomised to control (n = 176) or intervention groups (n = 132). Data were collected at baseline and post-intervention. Programme evaluation included parent questionnaire, teacher records and a seven-day pedometer record with a sub-sample of children. The programme was successful in increasing vigorous activity (p = 0.04), but did not impact on moderate or sedentary activities. Young children were able to choose to be active without parent or teacher direction. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia