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Short bouTs of Exercise for Preschool-age Children (STEP)

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01588392
First Posted: May 1, 2012
Last Update Posted: July 23, 2014
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sofiya Alhassan, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  Purpose
The purpose of this study is to examine if short bouts of structured physical activity implemented within the classroom setting as part of designated gross-motor playtime will increase preschool-age children during-school physical activity level.

Condition Intervention
Physical Activity Behavioral: Short bouts of structured physical activity Behavioral: Unstructured physical activity

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Effects of Short Bouts of Physical Activity in Low-income Preschool-age Children

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Further study details as provided by Sofiya Alhassan, University of Massachusetts, Amherst:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change from baseline in Physical activity levels at 6-month [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3-month and 6-month after study initiation ]
    Physical activity levels will be assessed with accelerometer and direct observation system


Enrollment: 323
Study Start Date: November 2011
Study Completion Date: September 2013
Primary Completion Date: May 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Short bouts of structured activity Behavioral: Short bouts of structured physical activity
Short bouts of structured physical activity preschools will be asked to implement age-appropriate 10 minute structured physical activity routines within the classroom setting followed by 20 minutes of usual unstructured playtime activities. Intervention will be implemented for a total of 30 minutes during both morning and afternoon gross motor playtime 5 days/week for 6 months.
Other Name: Instant Recess for preschoolers
Active Comparator: Unstructured physical activity Behavioral: Unstructured physical activity
Unstructured physical activity intervention will consist of 30 minutes of supervised unstructured free playtime twice. intervention will be delivered during both morning and afternoon gross motor playtime for 5 days/week for 6 months.
Other Name: Free playtime

Detailed Description:
Most preschool centers provide two 30-minute sessions of gross-motor/outdoor playtime per preschool day. Within this time frame, children accumulate most of their activity within the first 10 minutes. This study is a cluster randomized controlled study designed to examine the effects of short bouts of structured physical activity implemented within the classroom setting as part of designated gross-motor playtime on during-school physical activity in preschoolers. Results from this intervention could provide evidence that a physical activity policy that exposes preschoolers to shorter bouts of structured physical activity throughout the preschool day could potentially increase preschooler's physical activity levels.
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   3 Years to 5 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Attend one of 10 participating preschool centers
  • Attend preschool full-time
  • Children between 2.9 - 5 years of age on the date of baseline assessment

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Did not have a condition limiting their participation in routine gross-motor playtime at preschool
  • Unable to wear the activity monitor
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01588392


Locations
United States, Massachusetts
Preschool centers in Springfield, MA
Springfield, Massachusetts, United States, 01103
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Sofiya Alhassan University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Sofiya Alhassan, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01588392     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2010-0817
First Submitted: April 25, 2012
First Posted: May 1, 2012
Last Update Posted: July 23, 2014
Last Verified: July 2014

Keywords provided by Sofiya Alhassan, University of Massachusetts, Amherst:
Physical activity
preschoolers