The GoActive study is a cluster-randomised control trial designed to assess the effectiveness of the GoActive programme on increasing adolescents’ physical activity levels.
The study was implemented in 16 schools across Essex and Cambridgeshire with 8 schools receiving the GoActive programme, and 8 remaining as control schools. Measurements assessing physical activity, body composition and psychosocial factors have been obtained across 4 different time points.
GoActive aimed to increase physical activity through increased peer support, self-efficacy, self-esteem and friendship quality, and was implemented using a tiered-leadership system. Tutor groups chose two weekly activities each; Mentors (older adolescents in the school) and weekly Peer-Leaders (two per class) encouraged students to try these. Students gained points for trying new activities; points were entered into a between-class competition.
The primary aim of the study was to assess whether the GoActive programme was effective as a school intervention to increase the time adolescents spend being physically active.
To find out more about GoActive please visit: www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/research/studies/goactive/about/
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