Impact of the “health play” model in healthy life styles of primary school students

Keywords: Intervention, behavior change, Attitude, physical activity, nutrition.


Objective: The purpose of th is article was to evaluate the impact of a room interdisciplinary health behavior intervention in diet y physical activity among children in grade 4. Study design: A cuasi-esperimental field trial, with a 1 intervention conducted from February 15  through May 31. Subjects: 27 boys y 32 girls with a 9.2 age mean, took part in the study. The intervention, taught by regular teacher, computer teacher, family education teacher y by the coordinator of the intervention the physical education teacher, provided the experimental group a nutrition y physical education health program called “From playing to health. Results: Children in the intervention group had a significantly greater health knowledge, y a self-reported physical activity (P<.05) Besides, they showed an improvement in fruit y vegetables intake (P<.01). Also, the girls from the intervention group had a significant change in the scale of the transtheoretical  model of physical activity. Conclusions: This classroom-based program, improved children s physical time dedicated to physical activity y nutrition intake of fruit y vegetables; it is practical y fairly easy to incorporate into school context.. This program can improve health knowledge, attitude of change y habits (nutrition and physical activity).


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Carlos Álvarez Bogantes, Universidad Nacional
Escuela de Ciencias del Movimiento Humano y Calidad de Vida. Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica


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Álvarez Bogantes, C. (2012). Impact of the “health play” model in healthy life styles of primary school students. MHSalud: Revista En Ciencias Del Movimiento Humano Y Salud, 9(2).
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