School Wide Activity – Environmental Change

Initiative Description: Activities that girls and young women typically enjoy (e.g., aerobics, dance, walking, self-defense, martial arts, and weight training) were offered in addition to competitive sports and other traditional PE activities. Environmental-change activities included role modeling by faculty and staff, increased communication about physical activity, promotion of physical activity by the school nurse, and family- and community-based activities

Study Results: Increased MVPA in girls.

Reference: Pate, R. R., Ward, D. S., Saunders, R. P., Felton, G., Dishman, R. K., & Dowda, M. (2005). Promotion of physical activity among high-school girls: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Public Health, 95(9), 1582–1587.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good