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Effects Of Daily Physical Education On Physical Fitness And Weight Status In Middle School Adolescents, Stephen E. Erfle, Abigail Gamble Jan 2015

Effects Of Daily Physical Education On Physical Fitness And Weight Status In Middle School Adolescents, Stephen E. Erfle, Abigail Gamble

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Background: In 2009, the Pennsylvania Department of Health developed the Active Schools Program (ASP) which required 30?minutes of daily physical education (PE) in middle schools to reduce childhood obesity. This investigation evaluated the ASP effects on physical fitness and weight status in middle school adolescents throughout 1 academic year.

Methods: A quasi-experimental design was used to recruit middle schools into an intervention group (N=30) or control group (N=9).

Results: Physical fitness outcomes had larger intervention effects than weight status outcomes. These effects were most profound among at-risk students. Multiple linear regression analysis provided a best-guess effect of ...