Walk to school program : Vision to reality Public

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  • Childhood obesity and physical inactivity are significant health problems. According to the CDC (2012), only 12.5% of high school students meet the recommended requirements for physical activity. One method to reverse this trend is promoting physical activity. The Walk to School Program promotes active transportation in schools nationwide. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was comparing the intentions and behaviors of principals of high schools that participate in the program and of schools that do not. METHOD: A total of 19 principals participated in an online survey, 13 from the program and 6 from non-participating schools. The survey contained items on behavior, intention, attitude, task and barrier efficacy, perceived control, and subjective norm. Seven one-way ANOVAs were conducted. RESULTS: The results reveal significant differences of attitude, F(1,17)=12.17, p<.05, ƞ²=.45. Only 7 of the 13 schools that were reported as participating indicated that they did. A second identical analysis was run with self-identified participating and non-participating principals. The results reveal significant intention of promoting physical activity F(1,17)=5.05, p<.05, ƞ²=.25 DISCUSSION: Although there was a high attitude score intention and behavior did not change. Showing that the present barriers have a large impact on behavior. These results may but due to a small sample size. A larger sample size would be beneficial to find the statistical significance between the variables. Key Words: active transportation, promotion, physical activity
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