Association Between Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program Implementation and Principal Support

Published on 2019-07-19T12:15:10Z (GMT) by
<div><p>The use of Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) has been recommended to help students achieve 60-minutes of physical activity each day. Implementing a CSPAP requires planning, coordination, and ongoing oversight, but an understudied factor is how principal support influences CSPAP implementation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of principal support on CSPAP implementation. <i>Method.</i> Schools in the Iowa FitnessGram Initiative (<i>n</i> = 84), a participatory network of schools committed to supporting physical education and wellness efforts, were invited to participate in the study. Physical education teachers from 42 schools completed a survey assessing CSPAP implementation and principal support for school wellness. Descriptive statistics and correlation analyses were used to report associations between the variables. A regression analysis was conducted to evaluate the impact of principal support on CSPAP implementation. <i>Results</i>. Almost half of the schools were reported to be fully implementing just one CSPAP component and no school was reported to be fully implementing all five. The CSPAP component with the highest reported level of implementation was quality physical education, while the lowest level of implementation was reported for family and community engagement and staff involvement. The regression analysis identified that principal support was a significant predictor of CSPAP implementation, <i>b</i> = 0.55, <i>t</i>(37) = 3.10, <i>p</i> < .004. <i>Conclusions</i>. Principal support is associated with implementation of CSPAP initiatives. Strategies that focus on how to attain principal support for CSPAP initiatives are needed and could have a significant impact on student physical activity and health.</p></div>

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Lee, Joey A.; J. Welk, Gregory (2019): Association Between Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program Implementation and Principal Support. SAGE Journals. Collection. https://doi.org/10.25384/SAGE.c.4582721.v1