This study was a Randomised Controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of two school-based interventions to increase young peoples physical activity and improve well-being. 1494 year 7 students from 60 schools in the North of England took part in the trial. Participants were assigned to 1 of 3 intervention arms or a control group based on a 2×2 factorial design. The interventions were peer-mentoring and participative learning. Year 7 children (aged 11– 12) in the peer-mentoring intervention were paired with year 9 children for 6 weekly mentoring meetings. Year 7 children in the participative learning arm took part in 6 weekly geography lessons using personalised physical activity and Global Positioning System (GPS) data. Year 7 children in the combined intervention received both interventions, with the year 9 children only participating in the mentoring sessions. No significant effects (main or interaction) were observed for the outcomes. However, small positive differences were found for both outcomes for the participative learning intervention.
Peter, T., Curtis, S. E., Routen, A., Thomson, K. H., Bolden, D. S., Bock, S., Dunn, C. E., Cooper, A. R., Elliott, J. G., Moore, H. J., Summerbell, C. D., Tiffin, P. A. & Kasim, A. S., Jan 2016, In: BMJ Open.6, 1, 11 p., e009318.
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