Integrating physical activity (PA) within a school curriculum is a promising approach for increasing PA in children. To date, no research has examined its effectiveness in increasing the low levels of PA witnessed in deprived South Asian (SA) children. The study aims to ascertain whether an integrated school-based curriculum and pedometer intervention could increase PA in children from deprived SA backgrounds. Following ethical approval and informed consent, 134 deprived SA children (63 boys, 71 girls, control (n = 40, mean age = 11.12 years, SD = 0.32 years) and intervention (n = 94, mean age = 9.48 years, SD = 0.62 years)) from a primary school in England, UK, completed a 6-week integrated PA intervention based on virtually walking from their school (middle of the country) to the coast and back (March–July 2013). Habitual PA was determined at baseline and post 6 weeks intervention for both groups, and determined weekly during the intervention in the experimental group. The results indicated that average daily steps were significantly higher at post 6 weeks compared to baseline for the intervention group (intervention mean change = 8694 steps/day, SD = 7428 steps/day vs. control mean change = −1121 steps/day, SD = 5592 steps/day, 95% CI of difference, 6726–7428 steps/day, P = .001, d = 1.76). In addition, significant decreases in BF% and waist circumference were observed in the intervention group post 6 weeks (mean change for BF% = −4.5%, mean change for WC = −1.7 cm, P = .001). School-based integrated curriculum and pedometer interventions provide a feasible and effective mechanism for increasing habitual PA in primary school children from deprived SA backgrounds.Publisher statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the European Journal of Sport Science on 25 Aug 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17461391.2015.1062565 .
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the European Journal of Sport Science on 25 Aug 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17461391.2015.1062565 .