Break for Physical Activity: Incorporating Classroom-Based Physical Activity Breaks into Preschools

Danielle D. Wadsworth, Leah E. Robinson, Karen Beckham, Kip Webster

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Abstract

Engaging in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity is essential to lifelong health and wellness. Physical activity behaviors established in early childhood relate to physical activity behaviors in later years. However, research has shown that children are adopting more sedentary behaviors. Incorporating structured and planned physical activity breaks into classroom transition times is an inexpensive and effective technique to increase children's physical activity during school hours. However, this approach has not been studied in preschool settings. The purpose of this paper is to provide a simple, cost-effective method that incorporates structured physical activity into the preschool curriculum through classroom based physical activity breaks. Results of a case study along with an overview of the implementation of physical activity breaks are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-395
Number of pages5
JournalEarly Childhood Education Journal
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Accelerometers
  • Fitness breaks
  • Preschoolers
  • School-day physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Break for Physical Activity : Incorporating Classroom-Based Physical Activity Breaks into Preschools. / Wadsworth, Danielle D.; Robinson, Leah E.; Beckham, Karen; Webster, Kip.

In: Early Childhood Education Journal, Vol. 39, No. 6, 01.01.2012, p. 391-395.

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Wadsworth, Danielle D. ; Robinson, Leah E. ; Beckham, Karen ; Webster, Kip. / Break for Physical Activity : Incorporating Classroom-Based Physical Activity Breaks into Preschools. In: Early Childhood Education Journal. 2012 ; Vol. 39, No. 6. pp. 391-395.
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