The effect of feedback and information on children's pedometer step counts at school

Butcher, Z., Fairclough, S., Stratton, G. and Richardson, D., 2007. The effect of feedback and information on children's pedometer step counts at school. Pediatric Exercise Science, 19 (1), pp. 29-38. ISSN 0899-8493

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Abstract

This study examined whether feedback or feedback plus physical activity information could increase the number of pedometer steps taken during 1 school week. One hundred seventy-seven students (mean age 9.124 ± 1.11 years) in three elementary schools participated. Schools were randomly assigned to control (CON), feedback (FB), or feedback plus information (FB+I) groups. Children wore pedometers during school time for 5 consecutive weekdays. The total steps of the groups were recorded at the end of each school day, with students in the FB and FB+I groups free to view their step counts. In addition, the FB+I group received information and ideas about how they could increase their daily steps. The CON group received no step-count feedback or information. Students in the FB+I group achieved significantly more steps per minute (17.17 ± 4.87) than those in the FB (13.77 ± 4.06, p = 0.003) and CON (12.41 ± 3.12, p = 0.0001) groups. Information, as well as step-count feedback, increased elementary students’ school-based physical activity (number of steps) in the short term. A longer intervention period is necessary to assess the sustained impact of this type of approach.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Pediatric Exercise Science
Creators: Butcher, Z., Fairclough, S., Stratton, G. and Richardson, D.
Date: 2007
Volume: 19
Number: 1
ISSN: 0899-8493
Rights: © 2007 Human Kinetics, Inc.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:28
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 14:32
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13550

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