Painted Playgrounds Aim 1
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03890913|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 26, 2019
Last Update Posted : September 17, 2020
|Condition or disease|
Preschool is a critical period during which children develop fundamental motor skills, build confidence in their movement, and start a physical activity trajectory that follows through adolescence and beyond. Unfortunately, few sustainable interventions have succeeded in increasing preschool children's physical activity, and subsequently children are developing obesity at alarming rates. A simple, low-cost strategy is the addition of colorful markings (i.e. hopscotch, foursquare, fun trails) to existing playgrounds or open spaces. These "painted playgrounds" have been shown to be effective to increase physical activity in older school-aged children but remain understudied in preschool children. The proposed project will examine the physical activity environment of licensed childcare centers before and after the implementation of a promising (cost-effective, easily scalable) playground stenciling intervention.
The project aim will be achieved through a prospective observational epidemiological approach before and after a stenciling intervention is implemented. Among 4 childcare centers licensed in East Baton Rouge Parish (EBR), the investigators will first observe the playground environment to assess the equipment, space, ground material, etc. to provide a baseline measure of the physical activity environment prior to stenciling and ensure that intervention and control centers have similar playground environments. A modified behavioral observation method, the System for Observing Play and Leisure Activity in Youth (SOPLAY), will be used during recess to identify changes in physical activity after the stencils are added and which stencils are generating the biggest changes in physical activity. Surveys will be administered to center directors to further understand the physical activity environment (i.e. policies, additional PA support, etc.) in each center. This project will examine how a promising (cost-effective, easily scalable) playground stenciling intervention changes the physical activity landscape of childcare centers in order to provide evidence for the need for dissemination to numerous childcare centers across Louisiana. Ultimately, this pilot may launch an innovative strategy that has the potential to disrupt negative trends in obesity and sedentary behavior among Louisiana preschoolers.
|Study Type :||Observational|
|Actual Enrollment :||4 participants|
|Official Title:||Painted Playgrounds: A Scalable Approach to Increasing Physical Activity and Motor Skills in Louisiana Preschool Aged Children. Aim 1: Observation|
|Actual Study Start Date :||September 1, 2017|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||June 30, 2019|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||June 30, 2019|
All childcare centers enrolled to Aim 1 will be observed. The physical activity environment will be examined before and after the implementation of playground stencils.
- Change in children's physical activity levels during recess [ Time Frame: Centers will be examined at baseline and 6-8 weeks after receiving the stencils. ]The investigators will observe and systematically document physical activity levels and the number of children participating in physical activity during recess before and after the implementation of a playground stenciling intervention. The observation will be performed using a modified version of the System for Observing Play and Leisure Activity in Youth (SOPLAY).
- Childcare Center Physical Activity Environment [ Time Frame: Baseline ]Childcare center directors will complete a survey assessing the physical activity environment (e.g. policies for outdoor play and screen time, available equipment, teacher engagement in physical activity, etc.) of their childcare center.
- Satisfaction with Playground Stencils [ Time Frame: 6-8 weeks after receiving the playground stencils. ]Childcare center directors will complete a survey to measure their satisfaction and perceptions of teacher's satisfaction with the playground stencils.
- Childcare Center Resources for Physical Activity [ Time Frame: Baseline ]Project staff will evaluate the availability of resources (i.e. playground space, equipment, etc.) at each childcare center.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03890913
|United States, Louisiana|
|Pennington Biomedical Research Center|
|Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, 70808|
|Principal Investigator:||Maura Kepper, PhD||Pennington Biomedical|