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Effects of a Peer-led Walking In ScHools Intervention (WISH project)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02871830
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 18, 2016
Last Update Posted : August 18, 2016
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Ulster

Brief Summary:
Children and young people are recommended to undertake at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity each day. However recent findings have indicated that only 51% of children aged 7 years were meeting these guidelines. Previous research has also highlighted girls are significantly less active than. Furthermore, children living in Northern Ireland are least likely to meet the guidelines, with only 43.4% of children here reaching the recommended ≥ 60 minutes a day. The development of interventions which can successfully increase levels of physical activity in adolescent girls in Northern Ireland is of key importance. The aim of this intervention is to investigate whether or not girls (aged 11-13 years) can increase their daily levels of physical activity over a 12 week period by taking part in a school-based brisk walking intervention. The impact of participating in a school-based brisk walking intervention on a range of other outcome measures will also be investigated. A total sample of 200 adolescent females will be recruited onto the study, with recruitment of participants taking place at the school level. Following written consent from parents/guardians and assent from participants, participants will be randomised at the school level to either participate in the walking intervention or to act as controls. Objective physical activity will be assessed at 3 time points using an Actigraph accelerometer. At baseline, post-intervention (12 weeks) and follow up (4 months post-intervention) participants will also undergo measurements of height, weight, waist and hip circumference, bloody pressure, and cardiorespiratory fitness. Participants will also complete questionnaires assessing levels of physical activity and a number of psychosocial variables at each time point. Following completion of follow up measurements, a sub-sample of participants (n=45) will be invited to take part in focus groups to evaluate their experiences of the intervention.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Physical Activity Behavioral: Physical Activity Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 200 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Effects of a Peer-led Walking In ScHools Intervention on Physical Activity Levels of Adolescent Girls: a School-based Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial
Study Start Date : January 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2015

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Physical activity intervention group Behavioral: Physical Activity
15 mins physical activity per day within the school setting.

No Intervention: Control group



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Total daily physical activity [ Time Frame: Change between baseline and post-intervention (12 weeks) and 4-months post-intervention ]
    Measured for 7 consecutive days using Actigraph accelerometer at each time-point


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Physical activity intensity [ Time Frame: Change between baseline and post-intervention (12 weeks) and 4-months post-intervention ]
    Measured for 7 consecutive days using Actigraph accelerometer at each time-point

  2. Self-reported physical activity [ Time Frame: Change between baseline and post-intervention (12 weeks) and 4-months post-intervention ]
    Measured using Physical Activity Questionnaire for children

  3. Weight [ Time Frame: Change between baseline and post-intervention (12 weeks) and 4-months post-intervention ]
  4. Blood pressure [ Time Frame: Change between baseline and post-intervention (12 weeks) and 4-months post-intervention ]
  5. Cardiorespiratory fitness [ Time Frame: Change between baseline and post-intervention (12 weeks) and 4-months post-intervention ]
    Measured using the Queens College Step test

  6. Self-efficacy for physical activity [ Time Frame: Change between baseline and post-intervention (12 weeks) and 4-months post-intervention ]
    Psychosocial questionnaire - Children's physical activity self-efficacy scale

  7. Self-efficacy for walking [ Time Frame: Change between baseline and post-intervention (12 weeks) and 4-months post-intervention ]
    Psychosocial questionnaire - adapted walking self-efficacy scale

  8. Social support for physical activity and walking [ Time Frame: Change between baseline and post-intervention (12 weeks) and 4-months post-intervention ]
    Social support for physical activity and walking from male and female parents/guardians and friends scale

  9. Attitude to exercise [ Time Frame: Change between baseline and post-intervention (12 weeks) and 4-months post-intervention ]
    Psychosocial questionnaire - perceived benefits and barriers to exercise scale

  10. Waist hip ratio [ Time Frame: Change between baseline and post-intervention (12 weeks) and 4-months post-intervention ]


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Ages Eligible for Study:   11 Years to 13 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 11-13 years old
  • Female
  • Attend a school selected to take part in the study
  • Healthy and free from any medical condition that limits their participation in a brisk walking intervention, for example, a musculoskeletal injury

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Male pupils
  • Those who are unable to walk or for whom walking is contraindicated will not be eligible for inclusion
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Responsible Party: University of Ulster
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02871830    
Other Study ID Numbers: REC/11/0236
First Posted: August 18, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 18, 2016
Last Verified: August 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Keywords provided by University of Ulster:
Physical activity
Walking
Intervention
Adolescent girls
Randomised trial