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Improving children's physical activity in out-of-school hours care settings.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18481927     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
ISSUES ADDRESSED: Improving children's opportunities for and participation in physical activity at out-of-school hours (OOSH) care. METHODS: A needs assessment, 12-month implementation and evaluation were conducted. Strategies included feedback and support to improve physical activity programs and policies; staff training; resource distribution; and grants to disadvantaged services. Strategies were developed in partnership with an advisory committee from the OOSH sector. Physical activity policies, the types of after-school activities offered and children's participation in these activities were evaluated before and after implementation. RESULTS: Statistically significant improvements were seen in the proportion of moderate or vigorous activities programmed each week. Children's participation showed a significant shift from lower to higher-intensity activities. Improvements were also seen in the number of services with planned physical activity programs and physical activity policies. CONCLUSION: The OOSH sector is an effective setting for promoting children's physical activity.
Janice Sangster; Philippa Eccleston; Stuart Porter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health promotion journal of Australia : official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1036-1073     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Promot J Austr     Publication Date:  2008 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-05-16     Completed Date:  2008-08-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9710936     Medline TA:  Health Promot J Austr     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  16-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Population Health, Health Development, Greater Southern Area Health Service, New South Wales.
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MeSH Terms
Child Day Care Centers*
Child, Preschool
Community Networks
Health Promotion / methods*
Physical Education and Training

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