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The Lunchtime Enjoyment Activity and Play (LEAP) intervention: Exploring the possibilities for creative primary school physical activity opportunities.

Hyndman, Brendon (2015). The Lunchtime Enjoyment Activity and Play (LEAP) intervention: Exploring the possibilities for creative primary school physical activity opportunities.. In: 29th International Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) conference, Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, S.A., .

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Author Hyndman, Brendon
Title The Lunchtime Enjoyment Activity and Play (LEAP) intervention: Exploring the possibilities for creative primary school physical activity opportunities.
Conference Name 29th International Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) conference
Conference Location Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, S.A.
Publisher Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)
Publication Year 2015
Abstract It is important to consider a whole-school approach to physical activity in endorsing and reinforcing positive physical activity messages that can be sustained over time and to complement the work of Health and Physical Education (HPE) teachers. Rather than relying on the organisational input from teachers, international evidence has highlighted that school-based non- curricular physical activity initiatives are important to provide further exposure to physical activity for children. An example of a school-based non-curricular initiative is the Lunchtime Enjoyment Activity and Play (LEAP) intervention that consisted of the provision of movable/recycled materials. The movable/recycled materials were introduced during 2010 from the end of term one to the middle of term two, post-testing was conducted seven weeks after the intervention commenced and additional items were introduced up until 13-weeks after the intervention commenced (Autumn/Winter). Examples of the movable/recycled materials included milk crates, hay bales, swimming noodles, buckets, cardboard boxes and tyre tubes. This presentation will outline the effects of the LEAP intervention on children’s physical activity behaviour at multiple phases over two and a half years (baseline; 7-week post-test; 8-month follow-up & 2 1⁄2-year follow-up). Insight will also be provided into a range of student-directed, innovative and creative physical activities developed by the primary school students after the LEAP intervention was introduced. The potential of using movable/recycled materials as a cost-effective and creative strategy to complement the work of primary school HPE programs will be discussed. The findings from the LEAP intervention could be used to improve teachers’ understanding of the benefits of an ‘informal HPE curriculum’ within the schoolyard and to consolidate understanding of non-curricular school-based initiatives as an opportunity to develop students’ skills beyond the classroom to optimise health, learning and development.
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