Chicago Park Kids After-school Program Examines Physical Activity Levels

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The Chicago Park District has joined with the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) to analyze an after-school program to find out the physical activity levels of the children in the program. They used observation methods and activity monitors to determine activity level and found that the children are getting approximately half of the recommended daily amount of activity.

The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) and the Chicago Park District have joined together to assess the physical activity levels of Chicago Children. The researchers following the Park District Program have found that the children involved, ages 4-12, are receiving nearly half of the recommended daily amount of physical activity during the after-school program, but more is needed.

The program is using GT1M ActiGraph accelerometers, or activity monitors, and observation methods to measure the amount and intensity of physical activity that the children get during the three part after-school program. The program incorporates homework time, free-play time, and leader-organized recreational time.

To learn more about CLOCC’s mission, visit CLOCC.

To learn more about the GT1M ActiGraph, visit ActiGraph, LLC.

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