Break for Physical Activity: Incorporating Classroom-Based Physical Activity Breaks into Preschools
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Engaging in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity is essential to lifelong health and wellness. Physical activity behaviors established in early childhood relate to physical activity behaviors in later years. However, research has shown that children are adopting more sedentary behaviors. Incorporating structured and planned physical activity breaks into classroom transition times is an inexpensive and effective technique to increase children’s physical activity during school hours. However, this approach has not been studied in preschool settings. The purpose of this paper is to provide a simple, cost-effective method that incorporates structured physical activity into the preschool curriculum through classroom based physical activity breaks. Results of a case study along with an overview of the implementation of physical activity breaks are discussed.
KeywordsFitness breaks School-day physical activity Accelerometers Preschoolers
The authors thank the early learning center, classroom teachers, and children for all of their time and energy. This study was presented at the 2010 Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington.
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