Short Bouts of Exercise for Preschoolers

Most Massachusetts preschools divide outdoor playtime into two 30-minute blocks (morning and afternoon) of unstructured playtime. Some evidence suggests that a higher level of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (PA) would be attained by exposing preschoolers to shorter bouts of structured PA throughout the day. This study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, examines the efficacy of short bouts of structured playtime, versus prolonged bouts of unstructured outdoor playtime, on increasing PA and reducing sedentary time in lower socioeconomic status students.

Program Type: 

Impact Area: 

Program Impact Region: 

Program Participation: 

Program identifies community participants.

Program Start (and End Dates): 

November 1, 2011

Partner(s): 

Preschool Centers
Springfield, MA 01103
United States

Program Director: 

Sofiya Alhassan

Program Director's Email Address: 

Program Contact: 

Sofiya Alhassan

Contact Email: 

UNIT: Colleges, Schools, Departments, Centers, and Institutes: 

School of Public Health and Health Sciences/Kinesiology

Assessment Mechanism: 

No