A school-based, peer leadership physical activity intervention for 6th graders: feasibility and results of a pilot study.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to promote physical activity in 6th graders by developing and testing the feasibility of an enhanced Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) program comprised of a peer leadership component and innovative exercise resource toolkit including DVDs. METHODS: A racially/ethnically diverse sample of students received the standard PALA program (2 control schools, n = 61) or enhanced PALA+Peers program (2 intervention schools, n = 87) during 2006-2007 academic year. RESULTS: Compared with the control condition, the intervention was successful in increasing moderate physical activity in all students (P = .02) and moderate and hard physical activity among girls (P = .03 and P = .04, respectively). Teachers and students reported a high level of satisfaction and receptivity with the intervention. All teachers thought the DVDs were well-received, and 87% of students reported that they would recommend the enhanced program to peers. CONCLUSION: Coupling peer leadership and DVDs that promote physical activity may be an effective way to increase youth physical activity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Barr-Anderson, DJ; Laska, MN; Veblen-Mortenson, S; Farbakhsh, K; Dudovitz, B; Story, M

Published Date

  • May 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 492 - 499

PubMed ID

  • 21945980

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3461944

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1543-5474

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1123/jpah.9.4.492


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States