A Coordinated comprehensive professional development training's effect on summer day camp staff healthy eating and physical activity promoting behaviors

R. Glenn Weaver, Michael W. Beets, Ruth P. Saunders, Aaron Beighle

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Abstract

Background: The YMCA of USA recently adopted Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards for their summerday-camps (SDCs). Standards call for staff to exhibit HEPA promoting behaviors while eliminating HEPA discouraging behaviors. No studies have evaluated training programs to influence policy specified staff behaviors and related changes in child activity in SDCs.

Method: Four YMCA SDCs serving approximately 800 children/week participated in this no control group pre/post pilot study. Professional development training founded in the 5 Ms (Mission, Model, Manage, Monitor, Maximize) and LET US Play principles (lines; elimination; team size; uninvolved staff/kids; and space, equipment, and rules) was delivered to staff. Outcomes were staff promotion behaviors and child activity assessed via systematic observation instruments.

Results: Twelve of 17 HEPA staff behaviors changed in the appropriate direction from baseline to postassessment with 5 behaviors reaching statistically significant changes. The percentage of girls and boys observed in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity increased from 15.3% to 18.3% (P > .05) and 17.9% to 21.2%, whereas sedentary behavior decreased from 66.8% to 59.8% and 62.3% to 53.6%, respectively.

Conclusion: Evidence suggests that the professional development training designed to assist SDCs to meet the HEPA Standards can lead to important changes n staff behaviors and children's physical activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1170-1178
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2014

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© 2014 Human Kinetics, Inc.

Keywords

  • Children
  • Health promotion
  • Intervention
  • Out-of-school time programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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