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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Classroom Activity Breaks and Physical Activity Levels of Children

In today's society, there is an overwhelming concern regarding the obesity epidemic, particularly in school-aged children. Physical activity is a recommended way of combating this epidemic. Despite this, and the fact that the problem starts in childhood, many physical education programs are being cut. Children are simply not getting enough physical activity. With children spending much of their time at school, one way to help solve the problem is to implement regular classroom activity breaks during the school day. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of such a program, specifically in a 4th grade classroom. Measurement of step counts have been taken and examined by researchers in an effort to see if the program is effective in increasing children's physical activity. Step counts were measured for two school weeks, one with activity breaks and one without them. The results were recorded and analyzed.

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Presenters: Teresa Berschwinger (Undergraduate Student)
Timothy Brusseau (Faculty)
Topic: Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education
Location: 31 Hartwell
Time: 9:30 am Session I