Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Virtual Umra: A Faith-Based Intervention on Steps at School

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Virtual Umra: A Faith-Based Intervention on Steps at School

Article excerpt

Increasing school physical activity (PA) as an adjuvant to regular physical education continues to be a priority; however; results of interventions targeting a variety of school factors prove inconclusive (Dobbins et al., 2009). Thus interventions that target and are tailored to a specific school or student body remain necessary. We therefore implemented a faith-based multidisciplinary curriculum PA intervention with Muslim middle school students. A delayed-multiple baseline across grades ABA design was implemented with 45 students (27 girls; M age = 12.3 years). Pedometers (W4LTMMVP Walk 4 Life) were worn during an 8-week intervention, preceded and followed by 2-week baseline and postintervention phases, respectively. Curriculum materials focused on the voluntary pilgrimage of Umra and were patterned after the SPARK Map Challenges Unit. Repeated measures factorial analysis of variance and analysis of covariance with t test post hoc contrasts revealed that only boys increased steps from baseline to intervention, M paired difference (pd) = 871 steps, p = .03, and only on physical education days. …

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