Influence of physical education on moderate-to-vigorous physical activity of urban public school children in St. Louis, Missouri, 2011-2014

Susan B. Racette, Tiffany C. Dill, M. Leanne White, Jacqueline C. Castillo, Mary L. Uhrich, Cindi L. Inman, Nicholas C. DuPont, B. Ruth Clark

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Abstract

We quantified the moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA, heart rate ≥140 bpm) of urban public elementary school children on school days with and school days without physical education (PE) class by using continuous heart rate monitoring. The heart rate of 81 students (93.8% black) in grades 3 and 5 was recorded in 15-second intervals. On the basis of 575 school-day observations (mean 7.1 days/student), students accumulated 44.4 (standard deviation [SD], 34.4) minutes of MVPA on days with PE and 30.6 (SD, 29.9) MVPA minutes on days without PE (P < .001). School policies should promote daily PE to help children in underresourced areas achieve the recommended 60 minutes per day of MVPA.

Original languageEnglish
Article number140458
JournalPreventing chronic disease
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

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