School-based physical activity program for american indian children

A. Becenti, S. Levin, S. Going, L. Metcalfe, K. Booth, J. Allaha, B. Beach, L. Kushi

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The Pathways physical activity intervention is a school-based activity program that promotes children's enjoyment and participation in regular, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity with a long range goal of encouraging lifelong activity to prevent obesity. Recess and physical education (PE) are emphasized. After reviewing existing curricula. Pathways PE was developed from SPARK PE, which was shown to increase activity during PE in other populations. Healthrelated physical activity goals are emphasized while also developing sports-related skills. This approach was taken since adequate skill development contributes to lifelong enjoyment in a variety of physical activities. Cultural relevance was enhanced by adding American Indian games. Recess activity is increased through age-appropriate activity challenges. Two PE classes and three recess sessions per week were set as minimum goals. Pilot studies showed the program was feasible in four Indian communities. Moreover, with adequate training and support, the program may be delivered by either classroom teachers or PE specialists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)A505
JournalFASEB Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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