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Targeting informal contexts to increase physical activity levels of school children

Dorovolomo, Jeremy (2012) Targeting informal contexts to increase physical activity levels of school children. UNSPECIFIED.

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This investigation was conducted in relation to the out-of-school activities of 63 class four children in three Fiji primary schools, an informal context outside of the formal school environment. Out of this group, 33 (52.4%) were male and 30 (47.6%) female. The average age was nine years at the time of the data collection. In addition, 29 (46%) were from rural schools while 34 (54%) were from an urban school. Using a Recall method, children were asked to recover activities that they did after school on the previous day. This was facilitated by their class teachers. Data was analyzed utilizing the Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). The findings were that when compared with other activities, television viewing has the highest participation after school. It is considered that this would contribute to the diminishing opportunities where children can be physically active. In particular, rural children are ‘playing outside’ their homes more than urban children and in addition girls significantly participate in more ‘household 2 chores’ than boys. This indicates the need to construct interventions to reduce the television viewing habits of particularly urban children.

Item Type: Other
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2013 23:40
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2016 23:50

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