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Sormunen, Marjorita; Tossavainen, Kerttu; Turunen, Hannele – Health Education Research, 2013
A 2-year, participatory action research school health study focused on developing components for home-school partnerships to support children's health learning process. Two intervention schools implemented strengthened health and collaboration-orientated activities; two control schools followed the national core curriculum without extracurricular…
Descriptors: Health Promotion, Health Education, Action Research, Participatory Research
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Parrish, Anne-Maree; Yeatman, Heather; Iverson, Don; Russell, Ken – Health Education Research, 2012
School break times provide a daily opportunity for children to be active; however, research indicates this time is underutilized. Reasons for low children's playground activity levels have primarily focused on physical barriers. This research aimed to contribute to physical environmental findings affecting children's playground physical activity…
Descriptors: Playground Activities, Physical Activities, Bullying, Physical Activity Level
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O'Dea, Jennifer A.; Mugridge, Anna C. – Health Education Research, 2012
Health-related behaviors [physical activity (PA), nutritional quality of breakfast and sleep]; personal variables (self-esteem, attitudes to PA and gender) and socioeconomic status (SES) (school SES and parental education), were examined in relation to literacy and numeracy scores of 824 grade 3-7 children. Participants completed a questionnaire,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Health Promotion, Physical Activities, Social Class
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Haug, Ellen; Torsheim, Torbjorn; Sallis, James F.; Samdal, Oddrun – Health Education Research, 2010
The school is an important setting for physical activity. The purpose of the present study was to examine the association between physical environmental characteristics and participation in daily physical activity during school breaks. Data from 130 schools and 16 471 students (Grades 4-10) in Norway were obtained in 2004 through self-administered…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Physical Activities, Females, Physical Activity Level
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Haines, Jess; Neumark-Sztainer, Dianne; Perry, Cheryl L.; Hannan, Peter J.; Levine, Michael P. – Health Education Research, 2006
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of V.I.K. (Very Important Kids), a school-based, multi-component intervention designed to prevent teasing and unhealthy weight-control behaviors among fourth through sixth grade students. The effectiveness of the V.I.K. intervention was evaluated using a pre-post…
Descriptors: Quasiexperimental Design, Body Composition, School Activities, Intervention
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Piko, Bettina F.; Bak, Judit – Health Education Research, 2006
Despite a growing body of research into children's concepts of illness, many basic questions still remain. This study aims to describe 8- to 11-year olds' lay beliefs of health, illness, health promotion and disease prevention. Children responded to open-ended questions about health and illness by drawing and writing their responses. Two primary…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Health Promotion, Prevention, Diseases
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Watson, Kathy; Baranowski, Tom; Thompson, Debbe – Health Education Research, 2006
Perceived self-efficacy (SE) for eating fruit and vegetables (FV) is a key variable mediating FV change in interventions. This study applies item response modeling (IRM) to a fruit, juice and vegetable self-efficacy questionnaire (FVSEQ) previously validated with classical test theory (CTT) procedures. The 24-item (five-point Likert scale) FVSEQ…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Ethnic Groups, Questionnaires, Likert Scales