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A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial of an Intervention to Increase Physical Activity of Preschool-Aged Children Attending Early Childhood Education and Care: Study Protocol for the ‘Everybody Energise’ Trial

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Hunter New England Population Health, Wallsend, New South Wales 2287, Australia
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School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales 2308, Australia
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Hunter Medical Research Institute, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
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Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales 2308, Australia
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Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at Queensland Centre for Children’s Health Research, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove 4059, Australia
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Department of Educational Studies, Macquarie University, North Ryde, New South Wales 2109, Australia
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NSW Office of Preventive Health, Liverpool, New South Wales 2170, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(21), 4275; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16214275
Received: 10 October 2019 / Revised: 21 October 2019 / Accepted: 31 October 2019 / Published: 4 November 2019
The use of ‘Energisers,’ short bouts of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), have been shown to significantly increase children’s physical activity within the school setting but not within Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) centres. The aim of this study is to assess the efficacy of an intervention involving the provision of educator-led daily Energisers to increase the time children spend in MVPA while attending ECEC. Fourteen ECEC centres in the Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia, will be randomised to either an intervention or control group. The intervention group will be supported by the research team to implement three brief (5-min) educator-led Energisers each day for children aged three to six years between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Control ECEC centres will continue to provide ‘normal practice’ to children. The primary trial outcome is child minutes of MVPA whilst in ECEC, assessed objectively via accelerometery over three days. Outcome assessment will occur at baseline and 6 months post-baseline. Linear mixed models under an intention-to-treat framework will be used to compare differences between groups in MVPA at follow-up. This will be the first cluster randomised controlled trial to test the efficacy of Energisers in isolation on increasing the time children spend in MVPA. View Full-Text
Keywords: early childhood education and care; physical activity; preschool; RCT; intervention studies; early childhood; sedentary behaviour early childhood education and care; physical activity; preschool; RCT; intervention studies; early childhood; sedentary behaviour
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Delaney, T.; Jackson, J.K.; Jones, J.; Hall, A.; Dives, A.; Wedesweiler, T.; Campbell, L.; Nathan, N.; Romiti, M.; Trost, S.G.; Lum, M.; Colliver, Y.; Hernandez, L.; Yoong, S.L. A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial of an Intervention to Increase Physical Activity of Preschool-Aged Children Attending Early Childhood Education and Care: Study Protocol for the ‘Everybody Energise’ Trial. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4275. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16214275

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Delaney T, Jackson JK, Jones J, Hall A, Dives A, Wedesweiler T, Campbell L, Nathan N, Romiti M, Trost SG, Lum M, Colliver Y, Hernandez L, Yoong SL. A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial of an Intervention to Increase Physical Activity of Preschool-Aged Children Attending Early Childhood Education and Care: Study Protocol for the ‘Everybody Energise’ Trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(21):4275. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16214275

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Delaney, Tessa, Jacklyn K. Jackson, Jannah Jones, Alix Hall, Ashleigh Dives, Taya Wedesweiler, Libby Campbell, Nicole Nathan, Maria Romiti, Stewart G. Trost, Melanie Lum, Yeshe Colliver, Lara Hernandez, and Sze Lin Yoong. 2019. "A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial of an Intervention to Increase Physical Activity of Preschool-Aged Children Attending Early Childhood Education and Care: Study Protocol for the ‘Everybody Energise’ Trial" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 21: 4275. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16214275

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