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The relationship between elementary school children’s enjoyment of school playground activities and participation in physical activity during school lunchtime recess

Hyndman, Brendon and Lester, Leanne (2015). The relationship between elementary school children’s enjoyment of school playground activities and participation in physical activity during school lunchtime recess. Children, Youth and Environments,25(1):80-89.

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Title The relationship between elementary school children’s enjoyment of school playground activities and participation in physical activity during school lunchtime recess
Author Hyndman, Brendon
Lester, Leanne
Journal Name Children, Youth and Environments
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 25
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1546-2250   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 80
End Page 89
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher University of Colorado
Language English
Abstract An emerging public health strategy is to enhance children’s opportunities for physical activity (PA) during school recess periods, yet little is known about the influence of children’s enjoyment of school playground activities on lunchtime recess PA participation. This study consisted of children within two Australian elementary schools (n=105) aged eight to 12 years old. The Lunchtime Enjoyment Activity and Play (LEAP) questionnaire was used to measure children’s enjoyment of school playground activities and pedometers were used to measure PA. Multiple linear regression models were applied in STATA (version 13.0) to investigate the relationship between children’s enjoyment of playground activities and PA during school lunchtime recess. It was discovered that children’s enjoyment of more vigorous-type school playground activities including playing tag games, running/sprinting, playing with sporting equipment and man-made equipment such as sporting facilities (and playground equipment) were significant predictors of children’s pedometer-determined steps per minute during school lunchtime recess. Children’s enjoyment of school playground activities and enjoyment of PA can be a significant predictor of children’s PA during school lunchtime recess. Considering children’s enjoyment of school playground activities may enable valuable insight for school decision-makers when developing school playground areas and activities during school lunchtime recess to promote PA participation.
Keywords Enjoyment
Elementary school
School playgrounds
Physical activity
Children
Recess
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.7721/chilyoutenvi.25.1.0080   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
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Created: Sat, 18 Apr 2015, 17:58:11 CST by Brendon Hyndman