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Can young children make active choices? Outcomes of a feasibility trial in seven-year-old children
Early Child Development and Care (2011)
  • Beth Hands, The University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Dawne Larkin, The University of Western Australia
  • Elizabeth Rose, The University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Helen Parker, The University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Anne Julia Smith, Curtin University
Abstract
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 seven‐year‐old children were randomised to control (n = 176) or intervention groups (n = 132). Data were collected at baseline and post‐intervention. Programme evaluation included parent questionnaire, teacher records and a seven‐day pedometer record with a sub‐sample of children. The programme was successful in increasing vigorous activity (p = 0.04), but did not impact on moderate or sedentary activities. Young children were able to choose to be active without parent or teacher direction.
Publication Date
2011
DOI
10.1080/03004431003717623
Citation Information
Hands, B., Larkin, D., Rose, E., Parker, H., and Smith, A. (2011). Can young children make active choices? Outcomes of a feasibility trial in seven-year-old children. Early Child Development and Care, 181(5), 625-637. DOI: 10.1080/03004431003717623