Physical activity across the curriculum (PAAC3): Testing the application of technology delivered classroom physical activity breaks

Amanda N. Szabo-Reed, Richard A. Washburn, J. Leon Greene, Lauren T. Ptomey, Anna Gorczyca, Robert H. Lee, Todd D. Little, Jaehoon Lee, Jeff Honas, Joseph E. Donnelly

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Abstract

Only 43% of children in the U.S., ages 6–11 yrs., meet current physical activity (PA) guidelines. To satisfy the MVPA requirement, schools have begun incorporating MVPA in the form of activity breaks or MVPA academic lessons. We completed two, 3 academic-yr. cluster randomized trials (DK61489, DK85317) called “Physical Activity Across the Curriculum” (PAAC) which involved increasing MVPA in the classroom. Across 3-yrs. teachers in PAAC schools delivered ~60 min/wk. (12 min/day) of MVPA. Although short of our MVPA goal (20 min/d), the PAAC approach substantially increased in-school MVPA. Teacher reluctance to devote additional time to develop and integrate PA lessons into their curriculum was the overwhelming barrier to meeting the MVPA goal. Therefore, to reduce barriers to delivery of classroom PA we developed a 3-academic yr. cluster randomized trial (2 yrs. active intervention, 1 yr. follow-up) to compare the effectiveness and sustainability of technology delivered (PAAC-R) and classroom teacher delivered (PAAC-T) activity breaks for increasing classroom MVPA in elementary school students in grades 2 and 3 at baseline who will progress to grades 4–5. NCT registration: NCT03493139

Original languageEnglish
Article number105952
JournalContemporary Clinical Trials
Volume90
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Classroom
  • Elementary students
  • Physical activity
  • Technology

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