School Wide Activity – Environmental Change

The Alberta Project Promoting active Living and healthy Eating in School

Initiative Description: To reach low-active children and those at high risk of inactivity, intervention schools offered a variety of non-competitive, enjoyable activity choices like Go-Girls/Go-Boys weekly intramurals, dance, skipping and yoga clubs, walking initiatives, and playground programs. APPLE Schools also had easy and ready-to-use equipment in classrooms to facilitate increased activity in class-time outside of physical education.

Study Results: Increased daily step count.

Reference: Vander Ploeg, K. A., Maximova, K., McGavock, J., Davis, W., & Veugelers, P. (2014). Do school-based physical activity interventions increase or reduce inequalities in health. Social Science & Medicine, 11280-87. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.04.032

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good