Daily physical activity in lower secondary school: reception of a three year intervention programme
ISPAH ePoster Library. Dyrstad S. Oct 16, 2018; 225233; 234
Prof. Dr. Sindre Dyrstad
Prof. Dr. Sindre Dyrstad
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
For children and adolescents, it is well documented that regular physical activity (PA) is necessary for normal growth and development. Even so, only half of Norwegian 15-year-olds meet government's recommendation of 60-minute moderate to vigorous PA every day. School programs promoting PA could therefore be an important tool reaching this recommendation. Purpose: To evaluate pupils’ and teachers’ reception of a school-based PA program implemented over a three-year period.Method: This is a case study of one Norwegian school, implementing a daily PA program over 3 years for 13-15-year-old pupils in grade 8, 9 and 10. The implementation started with 8th grade in 2013, 8th and 9th grade in 2014, and all three grades (340 pupils) from 2015. The program consisted of 30 min of PA in three days/week conducted in days without physical education. Pupils in all grades answered a questionnaire about the PA-program in 2015 and 2017 with a response rate including 90- 98% of the pupils. Teacher response was also registered. Results:<\b>
In 2015, 89% of all pupils reported that they liked the PA-program well or very well. The corresponding number in 2017 was 95%. Pupils reported increased well-being, better social relationship, increased health and learning. Teacher response was also positive to the program. Conclusion:<\b>
The vast majority of the 13-15-year-old pupils responded highly positive to include PA into the school schedule. Success criteria were good organizing of the program, variation of activities, the inclusion of all pupils, and that pupils could participate in highly preferred activities.
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