Exploring the feasibility of implementing a pedometer-based physical activity program in primary school settings: a case study of 10,000 steps

Health Promot J Austr. 2012 Aug;23(2):141-4. doi: 10.1071/he12141.

Abstract

Issues addressed: The school environment provides an ideal setting for physical activity programs. The aim of the current research was to explore the feasibility and appropriateness of implementing program resources from an adult pedometer-based physical activity program (10,000 Steps) into the primary school environment.

Methods: 10,000 Steps resources were implemented in three primary schools as a pilot study. Qualitative evaluation of the pilot study included semi-structured interviews with teachers and focus groups with students.

Results: Four major themes were identified regarding implementation enablers: pedometers; curriculum inclusion; 10,000 Steps challenges and resources; and motivation and enthusiasm.

Conclusions: To achieve a suitable and successful implementation, the 10,000 Steps program and resources need to be adapted for school settings so as to optimise teacher load and curriculum inclusion, and enhance adaptability or flexibility of programs and resources.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Curriculum
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motivation
  • Pilot Projects
  • Qualitative Research
  • School Health Services / organization & administration
  • Schools / organization & administration*
  • Walking*