School-based Program Options to Promote Physical Activity

A Response

Published in: Preventive Medicine, v. 72, Mar. 2015, p. 133-134

Posted on RAND.org on February 13, 2015

by Susan H. Babey, Shin-Yi Wu, Deborah Cohen

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This commentary is a response to PM-14-1065R1 and addresses issues raised regarding research presented in PM-14-443, published in the December 2014 supplement of Preventive Medicine. The original study assessed the following types of school-based opportunities to improve physical activity for youth: after-school programs, before-school programs, PE classes, extended-day PE, and short physical activity breaks during the school day. The authors concluded that incorporating short physical activity breaks into the existing school day would be a cost-effective way to increase school-based activity.

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