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The feasibility of a novel school peer-led mentoring model to improve the physical activity levels and sedentary time of adolescent girls: the girls peer activity (G-PACT) project

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dc.contributor.author Owen, Michael B.
dc.contributor.author Kerner, Charlotte
dc.contributor.author Taylor, Sarah L.
dc.contributor.author Noonan, Robert J.
dc.contributor.author Newson, Lisa
dc.contributor.author Kosteli, Maria-Christina
dc.contributor.author Curry, Whitney B.
dc.contributor.author Fairclough, Stuart J.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-11T12:01:35Z
dc.date.available 2018-07-11T12:01:35Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6954
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Regular physical activity (PA) is associated with numerous physical and psychological health benefits. Adolescents, specifically girls, are at risk of physical inactivity. To date, there is limited research on PA interventions involving peers, which could encourage more adolescent girls to engage in PA. The investigation aimed to evaluate the feasibility of a novel school three-tier peer-led mentoring model designed to improve PA levels and reduce sedentary time (ST) of adolescent girls. Two-hundred and forty-nine Year 9 adolescent girls (13–15 years old) from three UK secondary schools were invited to participate in a peer-led mentoring intervention (Girls Peer Activity (G-PACT) project). The peer-led mentoring model was delivered in all three schools. Two of the schools received an additional after-school PA component. PA and ST were assessed through wrist-worn accelerometry. Girls who received an exercise class after-school component significantly increased their whole day moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) (3.2 min, p = 0.009, d = 0.33). Girls who received no after-school component significantly decreased their MVPA (3.5 min, p = 0.016, d = 0.36) and increased their ST (17.2 min, p = 0.006, d = 0.43). The G-PACT intervention demonstrated feasibility of recruitment and data collection procedures for adolescent girls. The peer-led mentoring model shows promise for impacting girls’ MVPA levels when combined with an after-school club PA opportunity. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Children: 5,67
dc.subject adolescents en_US
dc.subject girls en_US
dc.subject school en_US
dc.subject physical activity en_US
dc.subject sedentary time en_US
dc.subject intervention en_US
dc.subject peer-led en_US
dc.subject mentor en_US
dc.subject leader en_US
dc.subject accelerometry en_US
dc.title The feasibility of a novel school peer-led mentoring model to improve the physical activity levels and sedentary time of adolescent girls: the girls peer activity (G-PACT) project en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/children5060067
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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