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New Study Sees Positive Changes from Carol M. White PEP Grants on Student Perceptions, Physical Activity, and Nutrition Behaviors

Durham, NC

Preliminary results from a national physical education study suggest the importance of creating a supportive and personalized experience within school physical education programs in order to maximize recommended physical activity, nutrition, and other obesity prevention behaviors. Here are three early findings:
(1) Satisfied Students = Positive Benefits: An analysis of data collected from 21,700 surveys of elementary children and 21,941 surveys of secondary school youth indicate that students who find their physical education classes enjoyable and satisfying demonstrate higher levels of physical activity, stronger nutritional behaviors, and have a greater tendency to practice obesity prevention behaviors as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Benefits From Quality Instruction: For example, students who enjoy their physical education classes report:
* > Increased Physical Activity Levels: There is a higher likelihood to be physically active for 60 minutes for the majority of days each week.
* < Reduced Sedentary Behaviors: Students who like their PE experiences have a tendency to watch one hour or less of television/use of video games a day.
* > Stronger Nutritional Habits: Students who report liking physical education eat greater levels of fruit and vegetables, and consume less calories through sugar-added beverages.
* > Great Daily Milk Consumption: Additionally, these students also have greater daily milk consumption.
(2) PEP Grant Schools Create More Satisfied Students: The pre- and post-test results demonstrate growing numbers of students who find physical education more appealing and enjoyable. This was particularly true for female students.  In other words, the PEP Grant schools were able to increase female student satisfaction levels towards physical education.
(3) PEP Grant Schools Create Positive Changes for All: Another interesting trend is based on data collected from the “dissatisfied student” respondents. As stated above, the numbers of students from this category were reduced by implementing the research-based curricula and effective teaching strategies.  Additionally, numerous physical activity and nutritional benefits were seen as well.  For example, even dissatisfied students reported greater levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and greater fruit/vegetable consumption. In other words, there appear to be broad public health/social marketing (i.e., changing of social norms) benefits for all students in PEP Grant schools.

Preliminary results from a national physical education study suggest the importance of creating a supportive and personalized experience within school physical education programs in order to maximize recommended physical activity, nutrition, and other obesity prevention behaviors. Here are three early findings:

(1) Satisfied Students = Positive Benefits: An analysis of data collected from 21,700 surveys of elementary children and 21,941 surveys of secondary school youth indicate that students who find their physical education classes enjoyable and satisfying demonstrate higher levels of physical activity, stronger nutritional behaviors, and have a greater tendency to practice obesity prevention behaviors as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Benefits From Quality Instruction: For example, students who enjoy their physical education classes report:

  • > Increased Physical Activity Levels: There is a higher likelihood to be physically active for 60 minutes for the majority of days each week.
  • < Reduced Sedentary Behaviors: Students who like their PE experiences have a tendency to watch one hour or less of television/use of video games a day.
  • > Stronger Nutritional Habits: Students who report liking physical education eat greater levels of fruit and vegetables, and consume less calories through sugar-added beverages.
  • > Great Daily Milk Consumption: Additionally, these students also have greater daily milk consumption.

(2) PEP Grant Schools Create More Satisfied Students: The pre- and post-test results demonstrate growing numbers of students who find physical education more appealing and enjoyable. This was particularly true for female students.  In other words, the PEP Grant schools were able to increase female student satisfaction levels towards physical education.

(3) PEP Grant Schools Create Positive Changes for All: Another interesting trend is based on data collected from the “dissatisfied student” respondents. As stated above, the numbers of students from this category were reduced by implementing the research-based curricula and effective teaching strategies.  Additionally, numerous physical activity and nutritional benefits were seen as well.  For example, even dissatisfied students reported greater levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and greater fruit/vegetable consumption. In other words, there appear to be broad public health/social marketing (i.e., changing of social norms) benefits for all students in PEP Grant schools.

Contact: For further comments and information, please contact Artie Kamiya at (800) 927-0682 or artie@greatactivites.net.

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