Influence of a health education intervention on physical activity and screen time in Irish primary school children: ‘Switch Off – Get Active’

Harrison, Michael (2006) Influence of a health education intervention on physical activity and screen time in Irish primary school children: ‘Switch Off – Get Active’. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 9. pp. 388-394.

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Abstract

Low levels of physical activity, coupled with high levels of television viewing have been linked with obesity in children. The objective of this study was to access the efficacy of the 'Switch Off-Get Active', a 16-week controlled health education intervention, in increasing physical activity and reducing screen time and BMI in primary school children . A secondary objective was to ocmpare children with high and low screen time. Participants were 312 children aged 10 +/- 0.7 years, attending nine schools in areas of social disadvantage. The 10-lesson, teacher-led intervention, conducted in sprnig 2003 emphasised self-monitoring, budgeting of time and selective viewing.

Item Type: Article
Departments or Groups: Centre for Health Behaviour Research
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Studies
Depositing User: Michael Harrison
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 09:24
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2016 10:27
URI: http://repository.wit.ie/id/eprint/2765

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