Closing the gap between practice and science in school- and community-based participatory physical literacy promotion: study protocol of the StuPs project

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BACKGROUND: The role of physical activity in the promotion of children's well-being and health is widely known. However, research indicates that the time spent physically exercising and participating in organized sport activities is decreasing among children. Although there is currently no gold standard for promoting sustainable physical activity in children, community-based approaches, particularly those that are multicomponent, appear to be the most successful. The project StuPs: a school- and community-based participatory approach for promoting physical activity in children and their families aims to develop a community-based approach to promoting physical activity by increasing physical literacy among elementary school children and their household members.

METHODS: The project is built upon the intervention mapping approach and consists of two periods with an overall duration of 3 years. Period I will last 9 months and include an assessment of needs, wants, strengths, and weaknesses regarding physical activity and health promotion at the community- and school-based level according to the keywords "capacity building" and "physical literacy." Based on the knowledge gained in this stage, measures for capacity building to promote healthy lifestyles and physical literacy in children will be developed using the community-based participatory research and capacity building approach. In Period II, the measures will be applicated, implemented and evaluated using a pre-/post-design to assess efficacy.

DISCUSSION: Although the efficacy of using community-based and capacity building approaches to reach children is promising, there remains a gap regarding best practices for changing existing structures and habits over the long term and in the sense of promoting physical literacy.

OriginalspracheEnglisch
Aufsatznummer642
ZeitschriftBMC Public health
Jahrgang21
Seitenumfang6
ISSN1471-2458
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PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 01.04.2021

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