Environmental Change
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Lunchtime Enjoyment Enjoyment Activity and Play (LEAP)

Initiative Description: Implement the Lunchtime Enjoyment Enjoyment Activity and Play (LEAP) school playground intervention, providing moveable/recyclable materials with no fixed purpose to the playground (e.g., car tires, boxes, recycled materials).

Study Results: Increased mean steps and distance (pedometers). Significantly higher proportions within specified target areas engaged in higher PA intensities. Short-term effect after 7 weeks for chidlren’s physical health scale QOL, enjoyment of PA and enjoyment of intra-personal play activities.

Reference: Hyndman, B. P., Benson, A. C., Ullah, S., & Telford, A. (2014). Evaluating the effects of the Lunchtime Enjoyment Activity and Play (LEAP) school playground intervention on children’s quality of life, enjoyment and participation in physical activity. BMC Public Health, 14(1), 1-28. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-164

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good