Before/Afterschool Activity

Initiative Description: The 3 times/week, 45-min session curriculum included cardiovascular, resistance, and flexibility training, in which all children could participate simultaneously, and a behavioral skills education component. After-school counselors, formerly untrained in PE methods, administered the sessions, with periodic supervision by YMCA wellness staff members

Study Results: Significant improvements on body composition, strength, and endurance

Reference: Annesi, J. J., Westcott, W. L., Faigenbaum, A. D., & Unruh, J. L. (2005). Effects of a 12 week physical activity protocol delivered by YMCA after-school counselors (youth fit for life) on fitness and self-efficacy changes in 5-12-year-old boys and girls. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 76(4), 468–476.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good