Can young children make active choices? Outcomes of a feasibility trial in 7-year-old children
Hands, B. P., Larkin, D., Rose, E., Parker, H., & Smith, A. (2010). Can young children make active choices? Outcomes of a feasibility trial in 7-year-old children. Early Child Development and Care, 181 (5), 625-637.
This project evaluated the feasibility of a child-centred 24 week physical activity intervention. The Play5 strategy encourages children to choose to play vigorously five times a day for about as long as school recess. The 7-year-old children were randomised to control (n = 176) or intervention groups (n = 132). Data were collected at baseline and post intervention. Program evaluation included parent questionnaire, teacher records, and a 7-day pedometer record with a sub sample of children. The program was successful in increasing vigorous activity (p =.04), but did not impact on moderate or sedentary activities. Young children were able to choose to be active without parent or teacher direction.
Peer-reviewed, children, physical activity, intervention, Play5, MVPA, play
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