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Increasing Children’s Physical Activity through PE Policies and Compliance in California
This research translation project will disseminate research findings (focused on school district compliance with California physical education policies and their association with physical fitness among 5th graders) to key policy advocates and decision‐makers whose actions are most likely to influence school‐related programs and policies with health‐related consequences. Prior dissemination efforts were geared primarily to an audience of public health researchers. None of the findings have been used in a systematic effort to educate a broader ‘non‐health’ audience of individuals and organizations whose decisions affect school‐based programs, either about the implications of school‐based PE policies for children’s health or about the importance of mechanisms to ensure compliance with PE policies once they have been enacted.
Products and Dissemination Activities
- One-page fact sheet highlighting key findings (e.g., students attending elementary schools in PE policy‐compliant school districts are more likely to be physically fit).
- Longer issue brief that includes a description of the research and other research results providing support for efforts to promote greater compliance with physical education policy (e.g., highlights from work completed in California since 2007).
- Deck of PowerPoint slides featuring key findings from the study.
December 2011 Research Brief: School District Compliance with P.E. Policies Matters for Physical Fitness among Latino/Hispanic Children
December 2013 Policy Brief: When School Districts Fail to Comply with State Physical Education Laws, the Fitness of California's Children Lags
December 2013 Summary of Findings Presentation: View a brief deck of presentation slides of the policy brief findgs. These slides can also be requested in PowerPoint format by emailing Active Living Research.
March 2014, Cabinet Report news story: Minimal P.E. Time Still a Goal in Many Schools
May 28, 2014: Learn more about Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh, ScD, MPH and her ALR project by reading her RWJF Grantee Profile.
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