Physical activity in after-school programs: comparison with physical activity policies.

Authors:
Michael W Beets
Michael W Beets
University of South Carolina
United States
Rohan Shah
Rohan Shah
Vanderbilt University
United States
Robert Glenn Weaver
Robert Glenn Weaver
University of South Carolina
United States
Jennifer Huberty
Jennifer Huberty
University of South Carolina
United States
Aaron Beighle
Aaron Beighle
University of South Carolina
United States
Dr. Justin B Moore, PhD, MS
Dr. Justin B Moore, PhD, MS
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Associate Professor
Implementation Science, Epidemiology
Winston-Salem, NC | United States

J Phys Act Health 2015 Jan 5;12(1):1-7. Epub 2014 Feb 5.

Dept of Exercise Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

Background: After-school programs (ASPs) across the nation have been asked to increase the amount of activity children accumulate during such programs. Policies/standards that benchmark the amount of total activity (light-to-vigorous physical activity, LVPA) and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) accumulated in an ASP have been developed. Little is known about the prevalence of children meeting these goals.

Methods: Children (N = 812, 6 to 12 y old) attending 19 ASPs wore accelerometers for 4 days while attending an ASP. LVPA and MVPA were dichotomized according to existing ASP policies/standards. Data on whether a policy/standard was met were compared between gender, age, BMI, race/ethnicity, and ASP-type (faith-, school-, community-based) using mixed-model logistic-regression.

Results: The prevalence of meeting an LVPA policy/standard ranged from 75.4% (National Afterschool Association [NAA], 20% of program time spent in LVPA) to 97.8% (NAA, 20% of time in attendance spent in LVPA), and meeting an MVPA policy/standard ranged from 0.3% (California, 60 min MVPA/d) to 26.9% (North Carolina, 20% of attendance spent in MVPA). Boys, younger children, nonwhites, and children attending faith-or community-based ASPs were more likely to meet any policy/standard.

Conclusion: Current practice in ASPs is sufficient to meet LVPA policies/standards but insufficient to meet MVPA policy/standards. Efforts must be directed toward identifying the most appropriate policy/standard and strategies to meet it.

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