2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Primary School Intervention to Increase Daily Physical Activity
Krystalynn A. McClinton*, Jessica L. Peuterbaugh, Laura C. McCarthy, and Rebekah F. Shea
Dr. Carla Smith and Dr. Jennifer R. Hurst, Faculty Mentors

It has been proven that physical activity can decrease the likelihood of becoming obese and can be helpful in predicting students performance on school exams (CDC, 2008). Because of these factors, a physical intervention was implemented into the Kirksville Primary School in hopes that physical activity would become a regular component of curriculum. A sample of three classes, one from each grade level, was chosen. Three pedometers were distributed to each participating classroom, one for the teacher and two for rotation among students. A baseline number of steps was recorded each day for a week. Weekly activities were then distributed to each teacher that correlated with individual class curriculum. Daily steps from all three pedometers in each classroom were continually collected throughout the study. At the conclusion of the two months, it will be determined whether implementing physical activity in the classroom increases daily number of steps.

Keywords: activity, intervention, step, Primary school

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 24-3
Location: VH 1000
Time: 10:15

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