Initiative Description: An alliance of 7 elementary schools and Boys and Girls Clubs who worked with the Cooperative Extension Service in Lawrence, KS, was selected to participate in a larger intervention study. After-school settings were observed for information regarding session type, session context, leader behavior, physical activity, and snack quality using validated instruments such as the System for Observing Fitness Instruction Time. After-school sites offered 4 different sessions per day (active recreation, academic time, nonactive recreation, and enrichment activities) Free play activities were offered at some sites instead of adult-led activities.
Study Results: Significantly more time was spent in MVPA during free play sessions compared to organized adult-led sessions.
Reference: Coleman, K. J., Geller, K. S., Rosenkranz, R. R., & Dzewaltowski, D. A. (2008). Physical activity and healthy eating in the after-school environment. Journal of School Health, 78(12), 633-640
Level of Evidence: Good