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Table 3 Changes in physical activity practices and service manager knowledge of physical activity recommendations over time by area

From: Impact of a population based intervention to increase the adoption of multiple physical activity practices in centre based childcare services: a quasi experimental, effectiveness study

  Intervention area Comparison area  
Outcome Baseline Follow-up p 1 Baseline Follow-up P 2 Interaction P 3
  2009 2010   2009 2010   
1. Services with a physical activity policy 21% 49% <0.01* 34% 38% 0.31 <0.01
a) Physical activity policy referring to child fundamental movement skills development 86% 87% 0.77 80% 85% 0.42 0.72
b) Physical activity policy referring to limits on small screen recreation and TV 45% 82% <0.01* 60% 65% 0.54 <0.01
c) Physical activity policy referring to physical activity training for staff 63% 86% <0.01* 60% 68% 0.38 0.07
2. Services conducting daily fundamental movement sessions with recommended components 13% 21% <0.01* 13% 12% 0.87 0.08
3. Time spent on structured physical activities (mean hours, standard deviation) 1.3 (1.0) 1.5 (1.0) 0.02* 1.5 (1.1) 1.6 (1.0) 0.25 0.65
4. Services where all staff usually participate in free active play (role modeling) 58% 65% 0.09 61% 69% 0.13 0.95
5. Services where all staff usually provide verbal prompts for physical activity 72% 74% 0.52 69% 72% 0.44 0.90
6. Services where children are allowed to watch Small screen recreation less than once per week 23% 22% 0.73 19% 17% 0.62 0.89
7. Services where children participate in seated activities for no longer than 30 minutes at a time 62% 63% 0.84 59% 62% 0.64 0.82
8. Services with staff trained in physical Activity 29% 76% <0.01* 37% 43% 0.21 <0.01
  1. 1 Pre-post changes in adoption of physical activity promoting practices for services in the intervention area.
  2. 2 Pre-post changes in adoption of physical activity promoting practices for services in the comparison area.
  3. 3 Changes in adoption of physical activity promoting practices between intervention and comparison groups at follow-up (group x time interaction).