The effects of female active role models on girls physical activity behaviors and perceptions

Project Investigator: Phillip Post

Project Description:  The proposed investigation will explore how a gender relevant physical activity after school program entitled “Aggie Play” affects elementary school girls’ physical activit rates, fitness, perceptions of physical activity, and self-esteem. Three quarters of U.S. children between the ages 6-15 are not meeting the physical activity guidelines of 60 min of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) per day (USDHHS, 2008). Girls are at particular risk of not meeting these daily PA guidelines when compared to boys (Belcher et al., 2010; Troiano et al., 2008). Aggie Play uses volunteer female-student athletes and active undergraduate students to lead girls through fun-to-play fitness-based games once a week for one hour after school throughout the school year. It is hoped that through reinforcement, modelling, and praise girls participating in Aggie Play see physical activity as normal part of their every day life.

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