Describing the role of policy and the built environment on children's in-school physical activity in the Mississippi Delta

The Foundation's Active Living Research program was designed to support investigator-initiated research to identify and assess structural, environmental, and policy changes with the potential to increase population levels of physical activity.The purpose of this particular project is to: describe state, district, and school level policy regarding physical activity and the built environment of elementary schools in the Mississippi Delta; examine the relationship between the built environment, physical activity and weight status in children aged 6-11; and describe physical activity during structured physical education and unstructured recess. Physical activity data will be collected using two validated measures: the System for Observing Play and the System for Observing Fitness Instruction Time. Analysis of the built environment will be measuring by objective observation using the Physical Activity Resource Assessment. Qualitative data will be collected via in-depth interviews with state, district, and school personnel to understand the facilitators and barriers related to implementation of statewide physical activity policy. Deliverables will include: article publications; reports to school principles, district superintendents, and other state physical activity officials; and presentations to disseminate research findings. All policy-related communications will be created in collaboration with RWJF communications staff and consultants. No RWJF funds will be used for lobbying purposes.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $24,995.00

Awarded on: 1/1/2010

Time frame: 1/15/2010 - 1/14/2011

Grant Number: 67132


University of Mississippi

University of Mississippi
P.O. Box 1848
University, 38677-1848


Abigail Gamble
Project Director