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The Effect of an Emerging School Playground Strategy to Encourage Children�€™s Physical Activity: The Accelerometer Intensities from Movable Playground and Lunchtime Activities in Youth (AIM-PLAY) Study

Hyndman, Brendon and Lester, Leanne (2015). The Effect of an Emerging School Playground Strategy to Encourage Children�€™s Physical Activity: The Accelerometer Intensities from Movable Playground and Lunchtime Activities in Youth (AIM-PLAY) Study. Children, Youth and Environments,25(3):109-128.

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Title The Effect of an Emerging School Playground Strategy to Encourage Children�€™s Physical Activity: The Accelerometer Intensities from Movable Playground and Lunchtime Activities in Youth (AIM-PLAY) Study
Author Hyndman, Brendon
Lester, Leanne
Journal Name Children, Youth and Environments
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 25
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1546-2250   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 109
End Page 128
Total Pages 20
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher University of Colorado at Boulder * Children, Youth and Environments Center
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract An emerging strategy to enhance children's opportunities for unstructured physical activity opportunities is to implement diverse materials on school playgrounds. The Accelerometer Intensities from Movable Playground and Lunchtime Activities in Youth (AIM-PLAY) study consisted of a movable/recycled materials intervention that included baseline, seven-week post-test and eight-month follow-up data collection phases. Children at an intervention school (n=54) and a matched control school (n=79) aged 5 to 12 years participated in the AIM-PLAY study. The study used accelerometers to measure the proportion of lunch breaks that children spent in each physical activity intensity, counts per minute and sedentary behavior. A multilevel mixed-effect linear regression model revealed that children at the intervention school spent a significantly greater proportion of their lunch breaks in moderate and moderate-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and lower proportion in sedentary behavior at post-test and follow-up than children at the control school. The AIM-PLAY study findings suggest that the presence of movable/recycled materials can have a significant, positive, long-term effect on children's engagement in higher-intensity physical activity during school lunch breaks.
Keywords Physical activity
School recess
School playground
Loose parts
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.7721/chilyoutenvi.25.3.0109   (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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