Low level of compliance with physical activity recommendations at Spanish school recesses: The PREVIENE Project
ISPAH ePoster Library. Tercedor P. Oct 16, 2018; 225256; 258
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
School recess might have a key role in physical activity (PA) promotion during childhood. The aim of this study was to describe the patterns of objectively assessed sedentary time and PA intensity levels during school recess in 8 year-old children.Method: A total of 291 children (mean age±sd = 8.3±0.3, 156 boys) from 7 schools of Granada (Spain) wore an accelerometer during a 30-minute recess on five consecutive school days. The mean percentage of recess time spent in sedentary time and light (LPA), moderate (MPA), vigorous (VPA), and moderate-to-vigorous (MVPA) physical activity was calculated. The percentage of children that met recess the PA recommendations (that is spending ≥50% of recess time in MVPA) was analysed. Results:<\b>
Sedentary time (29.6 vs 40%) and LPA (33.2 vs 35.5%) was lower in boys than in girls (all p<0.001). Conversely, MPA (26.7 vs 20%), VPA (10.5 vs 4.4%), and MVPA (37.2 vs 24.4%) were higher in boys than in girls (all, p<0.001). Only 12% of the children met the recess break physical activity recommendations (21.2 vs 1.5% of boys and girls, respectively). Conclusions: Overall, children did not spend sufficient time in MVPA during recess, mainly because they were engaged in sedentary or LPA intensity activities. Consequently, a very low percentage of children (particularly girls) achieved recess PA recommendations. Future strategies to motivate children to spend more time in MVPA during recess are warranted.Funding: The PREVIENE Project was funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (DEP2015-63988-R, MINECO, FEDER, EU).
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