Enhancing Physical Activity Opportunities in Child-Serving Cultural Institutions: Lessons Learned from the Chicago Children's Museum
methods: Children 3-8 years old wore accelerometers during their museum visit. Participant age, sex, height, weight, and race/ethnicity were collected. Maps were distributed to collect exhibits/locations visited and duration of stay. Statistical analyses included descriptives to understand the distributions of energy expenditure by age and gender and Pearson correlations to look at time spent in museum locations and activity levels.
results: The mean visit time at CCM was 2.11 hours long (n=96). Mean percent of visit spent in MVPA was 21.3%. There was a significant relationship between time spent in three specific exhibits and MVPA minutes (p<0.028).
discussion: This project gives us insight into the link between the built environment and physical activity in children while visiting an educational establishment. Objective data from this project will allow CCM to strengthen their efforts and will help identify opportunities for museums to create exhibits that are conducive to physical activity and create healthy environments for children.
Learning Areas:Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Describe evaluation strategies for measuring physical activity level and quality of children in cultural institutions. Discuss the role cultural institutions can play in providing physical activity opportunities for children.
Keyword(s): Physical Activity
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the evaluation manager for this project. I have worked with accelerometers to measure child activity in cultural institutions before and I have training in evaluation methods. I participated in data collection and analysis for this project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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