What is it about?

Children can spend up to 80% of their day sedentary (sitting, lying or reclining) which could have major implications for their health. We wanted to know if school-based interventions that aimed at reducing how much time children spend sitting were effective. We looked at studies that had measured sedentary behaviour objectively (i.e using accelerometers) and reviewed the evidence up to 2015.

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Why is it important?

We found that multi-component intervention which include the use of standing desks may have a small effect in reducing sedentary time in the school-setting. More research is needed on the long-term effectiveness of school-based interventions to reduce sedentary time in children.

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This page is a summary of: School-based Interventions to Reduce Sedentary Behaviour in Children: A Systematic Review, AIMS Public Health, January 2016, American Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS),
DOI: 10.3934/publichealth.2016.3.520.
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