Environmental Change – School Wide Activity

Initiative Description: Providing game equipment during morning recess and lunch break in elementary schools.

Study Results: During lunch break, children’s moderate and vigorous physical activity significantly increased in the intervention group (moderate: from 38 to 50%, vigorous: from 10 to 11%), At morning recess, moderate physical activity increased from 41 to 45%.

Reference: Verstraete, S. J. M., Cardon, G. M., Clercq, D. D., & Bourdeaudhuij, I. D. (2006). Increasing children’s physical activity levels during recess periods in elementary schools: The effects of providing game equipment. European Journal of Public Health, 16(4), 415–419. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckl008

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good