Modifying middle school physical education: piloting strategies to increase physical activity

Pediatr Exerc Sci. 2009 May;21(2):171-85. doi: 10.1123/pes.21.2.171.


Two pilot studies were conducted to examine whether 6th grade students can achieve moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) from 1) activity-based physical education (AB-PE) with 585 participants and 2) a curricular-based (CB-PE) program with 1,544 participants and randomly sampled heart rates during lessons. AB-PE participants spent between 54-66% with a heart rate >140 bpm. CB-PE participants spent between 49-58% with a heart rate >140 bpm. Girls' mean heart rate was 3.7 bpm lower than the boys. PE can be readily modified so that students spend more than 50% of time in MVPA.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Curriculum
  • Female
  • Health Promotion*
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motor Activity* / physiology
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Physical Education and Training*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Program Development*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Schools*
  • Social Marketing
  • Students*
  • United States