Journal of Physical Activity Research
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Journal of Physical Activity Research. 2017, 2(1), 50-60
DOI: 10.12691/jpar-2-1-9
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Assessment of the Impact of a Sports Kit on Physical Activity in Children 8 to 11 Years of Age

Suzanne Lanckriet1, Elisabeth Brissieux1, Jean-Michel Borys2, Arnaud Jaruga1, Coralie Schnebelen-Berthier1, Elise Dekneudt1, Alexandra Calais1, Pierre Richard2, Julie Mayer2, Caroline Bournez3, Julie Penin3, Amar Djouak4, Angela Chieh5, Alexis Normand5, Martine Duclos6, 7 and Jean-Michel Lecerf1,

1Service de Nutrition, Institut Pasteur de Lille, Lille Cedex, France


3Communauté de communes Flandres Lys, La Gorgue, France

4ISA Lille, – Groupe HEI+ISA+ISEN, Lille Cedex, France

5Withings, Paris, France

6Department of Sport Medicine and Functional Explorations, University-Hospital (CHU), G. Montpied Hospital, Clermont-Ferrand, France

7INRA, UMR 1019, UNH, CRNH Auvergne, CLERMONT-FERRAND, France;Clermont University, University of Auvergne, Unité de Nutrition Humaine, CLERMONT-FERRAND, France

Pub. Date: August 19, 2017

Cite this paper:
Suzanne Lanckriet, Elisabeth Brissieux, Jean-Michel Borys, Arnaud Jaruga, Coralie Schnebelen-Berthier, Elise Dekneudt, Alexandra Calais, Pierre Richard, Julie Mayer, Caroline Bournez, Julie Penin, Amar Djouak, Angela Chieh, Alexis Normand, Martine Duclos and Jean-Michel Lecerf. Assessment of the Impact of a Sports Kit on Physical Activity in Children 8 to 11 Years of Age. Journal of Physical Activity Research. 2017; 2(1):50-60. doi: 10.12691/jpar-2-1-9


Objective: Fewer than 10% of French children meet the WHO recommendations for physical activity (PA). As engaging in play activities is a key way to promote PA in children, we evaluated the effect of a sports kit called “Le Sport Ça Me Dit” (“Sport is fun”) that provides a recreational way to engage in sports. Design: This was an open longitudinal controlled study. The children were divided into two groups for the first 7 weeks (Period 1): an Action group that used the kit for two recreational sessions per week (comprising six different activities) and a Control group that was not provided use of the kit. For the next 7 weeks (Period 2), neither group was provided use of the kit. Setting: Six towns in northern France. Subjects: 213 children aged 8-11 were recruited: 122 for the Control group and 91 for the Action group. Each child received a 3D accelerometer wristband to measure their level of PA during the 14 weeks of the study. In parallel, the children completed a questionnaire, 3 times (before (T0), during (T1) and at the end of the study (T2)), regarding their PA habits, screen time, and sleep habits. Results: A significant increase in the steps number was observed when the sports kit was used (p=0.025); although this effect was lost over time (p=0.672). Subpopulation analysis revealed a significant increase in the steps number and light PA in overweight children in the Action group for both periods (p=0.018 and p=0.012). Conclusion: The use of the sports kit increased the PA level of the children, and particularly in overweight children. Although these results require further investigation, they provide novel insights in regard to overweight children.

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