Before/Afterschool Activity

Initiative Description: Sessions of after-school aerobic exercise for girls and their mothers. Control group did not involve parent.

Study Results: After-school PA significantly improved body mass index, resting heart rate, cardiorespiratory fitness, flexibility and muscle strength and endurance in children in both groups, and in mothers. Improvement in the physiological measures of the children in the mother/daughter group was significantly better

Reference: Kargarfard, M., Kelishadi, R., Ziaee, V., Ardalan, G., Halabchi, F., Mazaheri, R., Poursafa, P., & Hayatbakhsh, M. R. (2012). The impact of an after-school physical activity program on health-related fitness of mother/daughter pairs: CASPIAN study. Preventative Medicine, 54(3-4), 219-223. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.01.010.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good