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Title: Camden active spaces: does the construction of active school playgrounds influence children's physical activity levels? A longitudinal quasi-experiment protocol
Authors: Smith, Lee
Kipps, Courtney
Aggio, Daniel
Fox, Paul
Robinson, Nigel
Trend, Verena
Munnery, Suzie
Kelly, Barry
Hamer, Mark
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © The Authors. Published by BMJ Publishing Group.
Citation: SMITH, L. ... et al., 2014. Camden active spaces: does the construction of active school playgrounds influence children's physical activity levels? A longitudinal quasi-experiment protocol. BMJ Open, 4:e005729 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005729.
Abstract: Introduction Physical activity is essential for every facet of children's health. However, physical activity levels in British children are low. The school environment is a promising setting to increase children's physical activity but limited empirical evidence exists on how a change in the outdoor physical school environment influences physical activity behaviour. The London Borough of Camden is redesigning seven existing school playgrounds to engage children to become more physically active. The primary aim of this project is to evaluate the impact of the redesigned playgrounds on children's physical activity, well-being and physical function/fitness. Method and analysis This project will use a longitudinal quasi-experimental design. Seven experimental schools and one control school will take part. One baseline data collection session and two follow-ups will be carried out. Between baseline and follow-up, the experimental school playgrounds will be redesigned. At baseline, a series of fitness tests, anthropometric and questionnaire measurements, and 7-day objective physical activity monitoring (Actigraph accelerometer) will be carried out on children (aged 5–16 years). This will be repeated at follow-up. Changes in overall physical activity levels and levels during different times of the day (eg, school breaks) will be examined. Multilevel regression modelling will be used to analyse the data.Ethics and dissemination The results of this study will be disseminated through peer-review publications and scientific presentations. Ethical approval was obtained through the University College London Research Ethics Committee (Reference number: 4400/002).
Description: This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
Sponsor: This work was supported by The Economic and Social Research Council, UK (ES/M003795/1).
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005729
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19197
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005729
ISSN: 2044-6055
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