257711 Benefits of a 10-minute daily Health Qigong for elementary school students: A pilot study

Monday, October 29, 2012

Chunyun Wang, PhD , Applied Health Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Dong-Chul Seo, PhD , Applied Health Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Roy Geib, PhD , School of Medicine, Indiana University, Terre Haute, IN
Nancy Wroblewski, Community Outreach Coordinator , Community Outreach Coordinator, Monroe County YMCA, Bloomington, IN
Michael Stallings, School teacher , Templeton Elementary School Teacher, Bloomington, IN
Problem: Children in elementary schools are under more academic stress than ever. They face more challenging curricula, longer school hours, and more frequent tests than a decade ago. School community, including teachers, makes efforts to help elementary school students overcome this elevated stress, but often lacks knowledge and skills to do this appropriately.

Method: A 10-minute daily Health Qigong program led by a school teacher was developed and implemented for two months in a classroom setting. A focus group, interviews with 30 fourth graders, and observation were conducted to investigate the potential benefits of this 10-minute Health Qigong program. Post-Qigong effects were evaluated during a Writing Workshop.

Results: Most school children reported that they felt relaxed, quiet, happy, and good about themselves. The school teacher found students to be calmer and more focused after participating in the brief Health Qigong program.

Conclusion and Implication: This pilot study indicates that a 10-minute daily Health Qigong program helps invigorate and relax the children in a classroom setting. It can also help break up the daily, state-mandated, 90-minute reading blocks. A brief Health Qigong may serve as a stress reduction technique for children.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Learning Objectives: Learn the benefits that a brief Health Qigong brings to elementary school children: 1) reducing stress, 2) improving focus, and 3) invigorate energy.

Keywords: Children, Stress

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conducted this study.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.