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Gabriella M. McLoughlin, Kim C. Graber, Amelia M. Woods, Tom Templin, Mike Metzler and Naiman A. Khan

these stakeholders would provide valuable information necessary for strengthening school health promotion models. Theoretical Framework The social ecological model (SEM) was developed to contextualize individual health behavior in relation to external factors ( Stokols, 1992 ). One of the core

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Sami Yli-Piipari, Janne Santeri Kulmala, Timo Jaakkola, Harto Hakonen, Joseph Cole Fish and Tuija Tammelin


Schools are in a unique position to ensure that all students meet the current physical activity (PA) recommendations. This study aimed to examine 1st to 3rd grade elementary students’ accelerometer measured school day PA in the United States (U.S.) and Finland.


The sample consisted of 200 students (107 girls, 93 boys; ages 6 to 8) and their school day PA was monitored with hip-worn ActiGraph GT3X+ accelerometers across a 5-day school week and the thresholds 100 and 2296 count per minute were used to separate sedentary time, light PA, and moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA).


On an average school day, students were engaged in MVPA for 20.0 min in the U.S. and 24.1 min in Finland. Students’ school-day MVPA was 9 to 16 minutes higher during physical education (PE) days compared with non-PE days (U.S: 25.8 vs. 16.6 min/day; Finland: 36.3 vs. 20.1 min/day). Girls had less MVPA and more sedentary time compared with boys in both samples.


This study highlights both the role of PE and other school day physical activities in meeting PA guidelines. Policy measures are needed to change the structure of the school day and enhance PA to ensure that students meet the PA recommendations.

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Katariina Kämppi, Annaleena Aira, Nina Halme, Pauliina Husu, Virpi Inkinen, Laura Joensuu, Sami Kokko, Kaarlo Laine, Kaisu Mononen, Sanna Palomäki, Timo Ståhl, Arja Sääkslahti and Tuija Tammelin

). The data sources were most recent national monitoring and surveys related to PA including the LIITU study (2016), the School Health Promotion (SHP) Study (2017), National Move! monitoring system for physical functioning capacity 2017 and Promotion of PA in municipalities – TEAviisari 2016. Finland

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Pamela H. Kulinna, Charles B. Corbin and Hyeonho Yu

education and its role in school health promotion . J School Health . 1987 ; 57 ( 10 ): 445 – 450 . PubMed ID: 3441133 . doi:10.1111/j.1746-1561.1987.tb03191.x 10.1111/j.1746-1561.1987.tb03191.x 10. Sallis JF , McKenzie TL . Physical education’s role in public health . Res Q Exerc Sport . 1991

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Yang Bai, Kelly Allums-Featherston, Pedro F. Saint-Maurice, Gregory J. Welk and Norma Candelaria

underlying mechanism. Recent work performed by our research team with a Midwest youth sample showed that enjoyment had some influence on both PA and SB ( 1 ). This has important implications for school health promotion as it suggests that enjoyment can synergistically help to promote PA and reduce SB