Environmental Change – School Wide Activity

Initiative Description: CSPAP intervention that included:

  • Physical education: strategies to emphasize moderate to vigorous physical activity.
  • Physical activity during school: classroom exercise DVDs, classroom physical activity integration strategies and activities, pedometer math games, morning announcements, recess games and reminders, and an emphasis on not taking away recess as a punishment
  • Physical activity before school: the Build Our Kids’ Success before-school program, exercise sequence creation worksheets, and walking and pedometer games
  • Family and community engagement: take-home educational materials and physical activity resources
  • Staff member wellness.

Study Results: Increased PA levels by 39 minutes from pre- to post-intervention: 21 minutes for recess, 17 minutes for classroom, and 1 minute for physical education.

Reference: Braun, H. A., Kay, C. M., Cheung, P., Weiss, P. S., & Gazmararian, J. A. (2017). Impact of an elementary school-based intervention on physical activity time and aerobic capacity, Georgia, 2013-2014. Public Health Reports, 132(2_suppl), 32S. https://doi.org/10.1177/0033354917719701

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good