The Effect of Active Brain-Breaks during a Typical School Day on the in-school Physical Activity Patterns of Grade 1 Children in the Western Cape, South Africa

Odelia van Stryp, Eileen Africa, Martin Kidd, Michael Duncan

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    Abstract

    The aim of the current study was to investigate the impact of classroom-based physically active brain-breaks on the in-school activity levels of Grade 1 (6- to 8-years-old) learners (N=48) by comparing baseline results to the intervention PA patterns of the participants. Children wore Actigraphs accelerometers for five consecutive school days, and thereafter they participated in a six-week active brain-breaks [10-minute bouts of PA] intervention. On a typical school day, children spend an average of 106.2 ± 30.9 minutes in sedentary behaviour, 43.7 ± 13.7 minutes in moderate PA and 26.5 ± 13.6 minutes in vigorous PA. No differences were found between boys and girls. During the intervention the children’s sedentary behaviour decreased (100.1 minutes) and their vigorous PA increased (34 minutes). The results emphasise the importance of participation in daily FMS and PA in order to increase Grade 1s’ in-school PA patterns and decrease sedentary behaviour.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)398-409
    Number of pages12
    Journal Education Economics
    Volume51
    Issue number3
    Early online date30 Aug 2021
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2023

    Bibliographical note

    This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in [Education 3-13]. [van Stryp, O, Africa, E, Kidd, M & Duncan, M 2021, 'The Effect of Active Brain-Breaks during a Typical School Day on the in-school Physical Activity Patterns of Grade 1 Children in the Western Cape, South Africa', Education 3-13].

    It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

    Keywords

    • Physical activity
    • sedentary
    • interventions
    • moderate-to-vigorous PA
    • monitor
    • physical activity patterns

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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