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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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 11:07
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 14:41

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