Evaluation of Boston’s Active School Day Policy Interventions
This project evaluates the impact of the Boston Public Schools’ Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW)-funded initiatives to increase and improve physical education (PE) and physical activity in schools. In March 2010, the Boston Public Health Commission received $6.4 million in CPPW obesity prevention funding. As primary CPPW intervention sites, the Boston Public Schools will promote an “Active School Day” through the following policy-backed objectives: 1) Implement policy and a system of standardized PE that includes 50% of PE class time in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), 2) Increase access to in-school daily MVPA for 22,000 students via active learning, movement breaks, and structured recess, and 3) Conduct fitness assessments for all students in grades 4-9. This study will capitalize on a unique and time sensitive opportunity and help fill the evidence gap on the effectiveness of school district-wide physical activity policy change. We collect accelerometer data from a student sample before and after “Active School Day” policies are implemented, evaluate policy implementation within schools using a quasi-experimental design, conduct cost-effectiveness analysis using evaluation findings, and rapidly communicate and disseminate research findings to key stakeholders via targeted, audience-specific strategies. The goal of this project is to inform other state and local efforts for improving physical activity levels among students using policy approaches.
Principal Investigator: Angie Cradock
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research
Funding Dates: February 15, 2011 – August 14, 2012
For more information, contact Jessica Barrett.
Cradock A, Gortmaker S, Barrett J, Carter J, Sproul J, McHugh A, Russo E. Evaluation of Boston’s Active School Day Initiatives, 2012 Active Living Research Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, March 14, 2012.