Examining the Impact of a Physical Activity Intervention Program

By Chanadra Young-Whiting and Audrey P. Miller.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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The researcher investigated if this middle school-based program promoting physical activity affected the students’ physical activity levels, muscular fitness, and cardiovascular fitness. Participants were divided into a control group who did not receive the intervention and an intervention group who did receive the intervention. The intervention group completed a questionnaire about physical activity and took physical tests for muscular strength and endurance. The control group continued with the normal physical taught in the school and also completed questionnaires about physical activity and physical tests for muscular strength and endurance. Two instruments were used to gather pre- and post-intervention data: the School Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) Questionnaire and the Presidential Physical Fitness Test. Analyses of covariance were utilized to compare control versus intervention group students’ postintervention scores on the two measures with the students’ pretest scores as the covariate. Results indicated that, compared to the control group, students who participated in the physical activity intervention program had significantly higher levels of physical activity, muscular fitness, and cardiovascular fitness (post-intervention). Overall, it seems that the intervention program contributed to students’ attentiveness of regular daily exercise.

Keywords: Health Related Fitness, Physical Fitness, Obesity, Early Fitness Education, Physical Activity Level

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.25-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: April 15, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 765.135KB)).

Dr. Chanadra Young-Whiting

Clinical Assistant Professor, Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA

Dr. Audrey P. Miller

Clinical Assistant Professor, Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA