Young Persons’ Physical Activity Pathway Evaluation Report

Baker, Colin ORCID: 0000-0001-8971-2829, Crone, Diane ORCID: 0000-0002-8798-2929, Gidlow, Christopher and James, David V ORCID: 0000-0002-0805-7453 (2011) Young Persons’ Physical Activity Pathway Evaluation Report. Project Report. University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester.

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Introduction The Birmingham, West Midlands’ Young Persons’ Physical Activity Pathway (YPPAP) is a pilot six week behavioural intervention (a physical activity pathway) aimed at increasing physical activity levels in school-aged children in school years 6 and 7 (ages 10-12 yrs). Methods A mixed-methods approach including a quantitative and qualitative component was employed. Findings Data analysis revealed that of the 239 eligible participants, 99 entered the pathway (31.2%). Ninety-three participants set physical goals at baseline and 3 were lost to follow up representing a pathway completion rate of 97% (n = 90). Overall, the results indicated that the increase in ‘spare time’ physical activity was statistically significant (t(95)=-2.88, p=.005), but the differences were not significant for overall physical activity (t(95)=-.096, p=.924), or mean frequency of physical activity (t(95)=-.414, p=.680). Analysis also revealed that the correlation between change in physical activity between baseline and follow up and the number of goals set by participants was not significant (r = 0.08, p =.436). This was potentially influenced by a number of confounding variables. Qualitative findings revealed that participants perceived that the pathway had helped to educate them about the relationship between physical activity and health and had provided a means of engaging with physical activity in a way that was fun and non-threatening. Delivery costs were also calculated taking into account management and delivery costs, including resources, training and support, the total cost per child of delivering the intervention was £143. Conclusion The pathway attracted a range of participants which demonstrated potential for securing the interest and motivation of participants. This underpins the importance of understanding the number, variety and availability of local physical activity opportunities and delivering the intervention in a way that is engaging and supportive.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Colin Baker
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 12:15
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:10

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