After School Programs



University of Kentucky
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Lexington, KY 40506-0219
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After-School Physical Activity Programs

This long-term aim of the series of projects is to develop, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of strategies to increase the physical activity of youth while attending after-school programs. This will include reviewing the current literature, establishing recommendations for policies and physical activity levels during after-school programs and implementing strategies to impact physical activity.

References developing from this research:

Huberty, J. L., Beets, M. W., & Beighle, A. (in press). Movin after school: A community-based support for policy change in the afterschool environment. Childhood Obesity.

Beets, M. W., Beighle, A., Bottai, M., Rooney, L., & Tilley, F. (in press). Pedometer-determined step count guidelines for afterschool programs. Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Beets, M. W., Wallner, M. and Beighle, A. (in press). Defining standards and policies for promoting physical activity in afterschool programs. Journal of School Health.

Beets, M. W., Rooney, L., Tilley, F., Beighle, A., and Webster, C. (in press). Evaluation of policies to promote physical activity in after-school programs: Are we meeting current benchmarks? Preventive Medicine.

Beighle, A., Beets, M. W., Erwin, H. E., Huberty, J., Moore, J. B., & Stellino, M. (2010). Physical activity promotion in afterschool programs. After School Matters, 11, 24-32.

Moore, J. B., Schneider, L., Lazorik, S., Shores, K. A., Beighle, A., Jilcott, S. B., & Newkirk, J. (2010). Rationale and development of the Move More North Carolina: Recommended standards for after-school physical activity. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 16(4):359-366.

Huberty, J,  Balluff, M., Beighle, A., Berg, K. & Sun, J. (2009). Club POSSIBLE: Feasibility of a community collaborative after-school physical activity program for children ages 5-12 years. Journal of Parks and Recreation Administration, 27(2), 97-111.

Beets, M., Beighle, A., Erwin, H., & Huberty, J. (2009). Impact of after-school programs to increase physical activity and fitness – A meta-analysis. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 36(6), 527-537.

Individuals involved in this research:

Aaron Beighle, Ph.D.
Michael Beets, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Jennifer Huberty, Ph.D.
Heather Erwin, Ph.D.
Mark Abel, Ph.D.
Justin Moore, Ph.D., East Carolina University