Effectiveness of a Two-Year Health-Related Physical Education Intervention in Elementary Schools

Verstraete, Stefanie J. M.; Cardon, Greet M.; De Clercq, Dirk L. R.; De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse M. M.
January 2007
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Jan2007, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p20
Academic Journal
The study aim was to evaluate the effectiveness of a 2-year health-related physical education intervention in a pretest-posttest design. Sixteen elementary schools (764 pupils, mean age: 11.2 � 0.7) participated in the study. Schools were randomly assigned to the intervention condition (n = 8) and the control condition (n = 8). Making use of direct observation data gathered according to SOFIT (System for Observing Fitness Instruction Time), the moderate-to-vigorous physical activity engagement during physical education classes was significantly higher in the intervention condition than in the control condition. Children's moderate-to-vigorous physical activity engagement during physical education lessons increased with 14% in the intervention condition (from 42 to 56%). No significant effects were found on the accelerometer data. The health-related physical education intervention was found to be promising in promoting physical activity during physical education classes.


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