Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Viability of Pedometer Use in the Assessment of the Activity Levels in Preschool Children. (Exercise Physiology and Fitness)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Viability of Pedometer Use in the Assessment of the Activity Levels in Preschool Children. (Exercise Physiology and Fitness)

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The present study was designed to ascertain the viability of using pedometers (Walk4Life, Model NEO 2500) to document physical activity in young children. Currently, there are no documented studies involving pedometer use in children younger than the third-grade. Levin & Martin (2002) recently reported the implementation of a physical activity program for Head Start programs in South Carolina. The present study may offer a means by which the success of this type of intervention can be objectively measured. A second purpose of the present study was to determine if structured movement lessons supplementing standard Head Start curriculum would provide increased levels of physical activity in Head Start children. The intervention was implemented in two Head Start classrooms (T) and the control group (C) was drawn from two additional classrooms at a second Head Start center in same community in northern West Virginia. The T group participated in the standard Head Start curriculum plus a randomly assigned pattern o f 3 days per week use of a teacher-facilitated, age-appropriate physical activity video for 8 weeks, while the C group. …

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