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Evaluation of a School–Community Linked Physical Activity Intervention Targeting 7- to 12-Year-Olds: A Sociocultural Perspective

Griffiths, Lisa ORCID: and Griffiths, M. ORCID: (2019) Evaluation of a School–Community Linked Physical Activity Intervention Targeting 7- to 12-Year-Olds: A Sociocultural Perspective. American Journal of Health Education, 50 (2). pp. 112-126. ISSN Print: 1932-5037, Online: 2168-3751

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ABSTRACT Background: Public health professionals advocate school-based and community physical activity (PA) interventions as an effective method to increase PA levels and improve physical fitness. Purpose: This evaluation independently assessed a school–community linked PA intervention by exploring the provision, process, and impact of the program and its outcomes. Methods: Students 10 aged 7 to 12 years (n = 468, intervention group [IG]; n = 128, control group [CG]), teachers (n = 19), head teachers (n = 4), school program contacts (n = 4), and program administrator (n = 1) took part in the evaluation. Program content and processes were assessed using questionnaires and semistructured interviews. A mixed effect model was used to assess changes in physical fitness, PA levels, and attitudes toward PA at baseline and postintervention. Results: CG increased 15 body mass (P > .001), aerobic capacity (P > .001), and push-ups (P = .005), as well as improved attitudinal scores toward health and fitness and vertigo (P < .05) compared to the IG. Process evaluation revealed struggles with implementation and design, including pedagogical issues to facilitate program goals. The intervention did not improve attitudinal outcomes, PA levels, or physical fitness above that of the CG. Translation to Health Education Practice: Sustainable PA 20 interventions need to adopt a sociocultural approach that is grounded in learning models and delivered by staff with relevant pedagogical content knowledge.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published online by Taylor & Francis in American Journal of Health Education on 22 Feb 2019, available online:

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Uncontrolled Keywords: physical activity, school-community linked physical activity, evaluation, physiology, education, health, pedagogy
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Lisa Griffiths
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2019 13:45
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2019 09:21

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