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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(1), 131; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16010131

Action 3:30R: Results of a Cluster Randomised Feasibility Study of a Revised Teaching Assistant-Led Extracurricular Physical Activity Intervention for 8 to 10 Year Olds

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Centre for Exercise, Nutrition & Health Sciences, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TZ, UK
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The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership, Applied Health Research and Care West (NIHR CLAHRC West), University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol BS1 2NT, UK
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Bristol Randomised Trials Collaboration, Bristol Trials Centre, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 2PS, UK
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Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing, University of the West of England, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK
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Bristol City Council–Sport & Healthy Lifestyles Team, Healthy Lifestyles Healthy Place, Public Health City Hall, Bristol BS3 9FS, UK
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Received: 9 November 2018 / Revised: 12 December 2018 / Accepted: 14 December 2018 / Published: 6 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Collection Physical Activity and Public Health)
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Many children are not sufficiently physically active. We conducted a cluster-randomised feasibility trial of a revised after-school physical activity (PA) programme delivered by trained teaching assistants (TAs) to assess the potential evidence of promise for increasing moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA). Participants (n = 335) aged 8–10 years were recruited from 12 primary schools in South West England. Six schools were randomised to receive the intervention and six acted as non-intervention controls. In intervention schools, TAs were trained to deliver an after-school programme for 15 weeks. The difference in mean accelerometer-assessed MVPA between intervention and control schools was assessed at follow-up (T1). The cost of programme delivery was estimated. Two schools did not deliver the intervention, meaning four intervention and six control schools were analysed at T1. There was no evidence for a difference in MVPA at T1 between intervention and control groups. Programme delivery cost was estimated at £2.06 per pupil per session. Existing provision in the 12 schools cost £5.91 per pupil per session. Action 3:30 was feasible to deliver and considerably cheaper than existing after-school provision. No difference in weekday MVPA was observed at T1 between the two groups, thus progression to a full trial is not warranted. View Full-Text
Keywords: Keywords: physical activity; children; teaching assistants; intervention; feasibility; after-school Keywords: physical activity; children; teaching assistants; intervention; feasibility; after-school
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Jago, R.; Tibbitts, B.; Sanderson, E.; Bird, E.L.; Porter, A.; Metcalfe, C.; Powell, J.E.; Gillett, D.; Sebire, S.J. Action 3:30R: Results of a Cluster Randomised Feasibility Study of a Revised Teaching Assistant-Led Extracurricular Physical Activity Intervention for 8 to 10 Year Olds. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 131.

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