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Implementation of a School Physical Activity Policy Improves Student Physical Activity Levels: Outcomes of a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

Physical activity is important for healthy growth and development, and governments internationally have developed school policies that promote a minimum amount of physical activity to be scheduled each week. Despite this, most children do not get enough physical activity. This paper describes a pilot study of the Physically Active Children in Education (PACE) intervention that showed that increasing time scheduled for structured physical activity may be an acceptable and effective strategy to improve student activity. 

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Nathan NK, Sutherland RL, Hope K, McCarthy NJ, Pettett M, Elton B, Jackson R, Trost SG, Lecathelinais C, Reilly K, Wiggers JH, Hall A, Gillham K, Herrmann V, Wolfenden L. Implementation of a School Physical Activity Policy Improves Student Physical Activity Levels: Outcomes of a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial. J Phys Act Health. 2020 Sep 12;17(10):1009-1018. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2019-0595. PMID: 32919383. https://journals.humankinetics.com/view/journals/jpah/17/10/article-p1009.xml