Opportunities for children’s physical activity during the school summer holidays: Findings from Food and Fun Clubs in Wales
ISPAH ePoster Library. Morgan K. Oct 15, 2018; 225530; 260
Dr. Kelly Morgan
Dr. Kelly Morgan
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Abstract Background:<\b>
School summer holiday clubs are being delivered to primary-school aged children in deprived areas in Wales. This study examined the opportunities for physical activity at clubs and the usual practices of children during the summer holidays. Methods:<\b>
Ten Food and Fun clubs participated in 2016. Quantitative data (child and parent surveys; N=196, N=84) assessed the opportunity to provide children with physical activity. A sub-sample of children wore an accelerometer (N=41) for 7-days to evaluate the opportunity for achieving 1-hour of moderate to vigorous activity (MVPA) at club. Child focus groups (N=74) explored the usual activities children engaged in when the club was closed. Results:<\b>
In total 70% of children reported breathlessness or sweating when taking part in the sports/games sessions at the club and 93% of parents reported that the club helped their child to be more active over the summer holidays. Some children reported being directly inspired to take up a new sport or join a lunchtime or afterschool club following the summer holidays. Seventy-one percent of children achieved the recommended MVPA at club measured via accelerometry, with children engaging in more MVPA (+17 mins/day, p<0.001) on average compared to non-club days. Over half of the children said they would normally stay at home, mostly watching television, playing game consoles or using phone and tablet devices if the club was not open. Conclusion:<\b>
Primary schools appear to provide a suitable setting for the delivery of physical activity opportunities during the school summer holidays. External funding details Welsh Local Government Association
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