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Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3181ca2634
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Rationale and Development of the Move More North Carolina: Recommended Standards for After‐School Physical Activity

Moore, Justin B. PhD, MS; Schneider, Lori MA, CHES, PAPHS; Lazorick, Suzanne MD, MPH; Shores, Kindal A. PhD; Beighle, Aaron PhD; Jilcott, Stephanie B. PhD; Newkirk, Jimmy BS

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to describe the rationale and procedure employed in developing the Move More North Carolina: Recommended Standards for After-School Physical Activity, which was publicly released statewide in April 2009. The Standards outline evidenced-based best practices for after-school programs to implement in order to increase amount and quality of physical activity (PA) among program participants. The Standards can be applied in any after-school program and were developed to benefit the approximately 152 000 school-aged children who are served by NC after-school programs each year. These programs often serve children at high risk for physical inactivity, including children from racial/ethnic minorities, impoverished areas, with disabilities, and/or living in neighborhoods with limited PA opportunities. The rationale for developing standards for PA in after-school programs is threefold: (1) such programs can provide enjoyable, safe, and age-appropriate PA; (2) they can facilitate family involvement, community partnership, and increase access to PA resources; and (3) they serve children at risk for inactivity. Recommended best practices are included for the following categories: time/intensity, qualified staff/training, curriculum, program size, facilities, equipment, and evaluation. Methods used to inform The Standards included a planning team, on-line surveys, focus groups, a systematic literature review, a consensus panel, and external expert review. The impact of The Standards is yet to be seen, but the collaborative process used in their creation can serve as a model for the development of similar PA standards in other states.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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