Multi-strategy intervention increases school implementation and maintenance of a mandatory physical activity policy: outcomes of a cluster randomised controlled trial

There are very few strategies in place to help schools to meet physical activity guidelines. The Physically Active Children in Education (PACE) program helps schools to increase scheduled physical activity and to keep this up in the long-term. This study is important because it is the first and largest study internationally to show how a program with a variety of strategies can help schools to meet the policy guidelines on physical activity.  Energisers (in-class activity breaks) were found to be the most effective way for teachers to increase scheduled physical activity.

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Nathan N, Hall A, McCarthy N, Sutherland R, Wiggers J, Bauman AE, et al., ‘Multi-strategy intervention increases school implementation and maintenance of a mandatory physical activity policy: outcomes of a cluster randomised controlled trial.’, Br J Sports Med, (2021). DOI: 1136/bjsports-2020-103764 https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2021/07/01/bjsports-2020-103764.abstract