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From Surveillance to Intervention: Overview and Baseline Findings for the Active City of Liverpool Active Schools and SportsLinx (A-CLASS) Project

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Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Chester, Chester CH1 4BJ, UK
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Physical Activity Exchange, Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Science, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool L3 2AT, UK
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Laude Lady Elizabeth Junior School, Entrada Norte de La Cumbre del Sol, Benitachell, 03726 Alicante, Spain
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Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Geelong 3220, Australia
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Applied Sports Technology Exercise Medicine Research Centre, Swansea University, Swansea SA1 8EN, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(4), 582; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15040582
Received: 27 December 2017 / Revised: 19 February 2018 / Accepted: 20 March 2018 / Published: 23 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Paediatric Exercise Science and Health)
This paper outlines the implementation of a programme of work that started with the development of a population-level children’s health, fitness and lifestyle study in 1996 (SportsLinx) leading to selected interventions one of which is described in detail: the Active City of Liverpool, Active Schools and SportsLinx (A-CLASS) Project. The A-CLASS Project aimed to quantify the effectiveness of structured and unstructured physical activity (PA) programmes on children’s PA, fitness, body composition, bone health, cardiac and vascular structures, fundamental movement skills, physical self-perception and self-esteem. The study was a four-arm parallel-group school-based cluster randomised controlled trial (clinical trials no. NCT02963805), and compared different exposure groups: a high intensity PA (HIPA) group, a fundamental movement skill (FMS) group, a PA signposting (PASS) group and a control group, in a two-schools-per-condition design. Baseline findings indicate that children’s fundamental movement skill competence levels are low-to-moderate, yet these skills are inversely associated with percentage body fat. Outcomes of this project will make an important contribution to the design and implementation of children’s PA promotion initiatives. View Full-Text
Keywords: intervention; obesity; fundamental movement skill; physical activity; fitness; cardiovascular; physical self-perception intervention; obesity; fundamental movement skill; physical activity; fitness; cardiovascular; physical self-perception
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McWhannell, N.; Foweather, L.; Graves, L.E.F.; Henaghan, J.L.; Ridgers, N.D.; Stratton, G. From Surveillance to Intervention: Overview and Baseline Findings for the Active City of Liverpool Active Schools and SportsLinx (A-CLASS) Project. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 582. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15040582

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McWhannell N, Foweather L, Graves LEF, Henaghan JL, Ridgers ND, Stratton G. From Surveillance to Intervention: Overview and Baseline Findings for the Active City of Liverpool Active Schools and SportsLinx (A-CLASS) Project. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(4):582. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15040582

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McWhannell, Nicola; Foweather, Lawrence; Graves, Lee E.F.; Henaghan, Jayne L.; Ridgers, Nicola D.; Stratton, Gareth. 2018. "From Surveillance to Intervention: Overview and Baseline Findings for the Active City of Liverpool Active Schools and SportsLinx (A-CLASS) Project" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 15, no. 4: 582. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15040582

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