Effects of a 10-week integrated curriculum intervention on physical activity, resting blood pressure, motor skills and well-being in 6–7-year-olds

Michael Duncan, Katie Fitton Davies, Nduka Okwose, Amy E Harwood, Djordje Jakovljevic

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Abstract

Background: Integrated curriculum interventions have been suggested as an effective means to increase physical activity (PA) and health. The feasibility of such approaches in children living in deprivation is unknown. This study sought to pilot an integrated curriculum pedometer intervention in children living in deprivation on school-based PA, body fatness, resting blood pressure, motor skills and well-being.
Methods: Using a pilot cluster randomized intervention design, children (6-7-years-old, n=64) from two schools in central England undertook: (1) 10-week integrated curriculum intervention or (2) control (regular school-based activity). School-based PA, body fatness, resting blood pressure, motor skills and well-being was assessed pre and post intervention.
Results: for the intervention group PA was higher on school days when children had PE lessons or there were physically active integrated curriculum activities. Body fatness significantly decreased, wellbeing and perceived physical competence increased, pre-post for the intervention group compared to the control group. Accelerometer derived PA, motor skills and resting blood pressure were not significantly different pre-post for intervention or control groups.
Conclusions: A 10-week integrated curriculum PA intervention is feasible to conduct and can positively impact aspects of health in 6–7-year-old children in England.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-Press)
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physical Activity & Health
Volume(In-Press)
Early online date26 Mar 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Mar 2024

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This research project was funded by the Investigator Initiated Study grant provided to Professors Jakovljevic and Duncan from Coronary Prevention Group, London, UK

Keywords

  • deprivation
  • pediatrics
  • school
  • education

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