Academic Research: Increasing Children’s Physical Activity: A Peer Modeling, Rewards and Pedometers-based Intervention
This academic study evaluated a particular type of intervention that uses a group of fictional peers who eat and discuss the benefits of eating fruit and vegetables, rewards children for eating targeted amount of fruit and vegetables, and encouraged people to do more physical exercise. This study found that there was a substantial increase in the children’s physical activity during the program and that the increased level of physical activity lasted over a 12-week period in the girls that participated in the study.
Horne, P.I., Hardmand, C.A., Lowe, C. F., & Rowlands, A.V. (2007). Increasing children’s physical activity: A peer modeling, rewards and pedometers-based intervention. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 63, 191-8.
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