Environmental Change

Initiative Description: Over two consecutive weeks participants were allocated to either play on the school field or playground during playtime.

Study Results: Play on the field leads to increases in MVPA, particularly in girls. The promising trend for the effect of the natural environment on MVPA indicates that interventions aimed at increasing MVPA should use the natural environment and that schools should encourage greater use of their natural areas to increase PA

Reference: Wood, C., Gladwell, V., & Barton, J. (2014). A repeated measures experiment of school playing environment to increase physical activity and enhance self-esteem in UK school children. Plos ONE, 9(9), 1-5. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0108701.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good