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Voices from Pupil Participation in the Health Promotion Intervention “Pulse for Learning and Health [PuLH]” in Primary and Middle School
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI). Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8345-8994
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9753-3000
Department of Research and Development within Education, Region Jönköping County, Jönköping, Sweden & Department of Public Health and Community Medicine/Primary Health Care, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8371-218X
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 16, no 22, article id 4543Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In order to improve the learning conditions and health of schoolchildren, the Pulse for Learning and Health [PuLH] program in Sweden has introduced additional mandatory moderate to vigorous physical activity [MVPA] that lasts for 30 min three times a week. The PE teachers used a child-centered coaching approach to support all pupils. The aim of this study was to explore pupils’ perception and experience of PuLH that has been implemented in primary and middle schools in Sweden. We have taken into account children’s rights perspectives and adopted an exploratory and interpretive approach. In total, 73 pupils (34 girls, 39 boys, grades 4–9) were recruited through purposive sampling. 13 focus group interviews (n = 71) and individual interviews (n = 2) were carried out. All interviews were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. The analysis resulted in three major themes: ‘promotes academic performance and a learning school environment’, ‘promotes health and well-being’, and ‘individual and structural barriers’. From children’s perspective, the results highlight the importance of teachers and principals taking into account the interests and needs of all pupils, to have a well-planned MVPA intervention and to deal with issues regarding body ideals. © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

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Basel: MDPI, 2019. Vol. 16, no 22, article id 4543
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children’s perspective, coaching, health promotion, learning, MVPA, pupils, well-being
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-41095DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16224543ISI: 000502057400240PubMedID: 31744178Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85075212933&OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-41095DiVA, id: diva2:1375025
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Funders: Department of Research and Development within Education, Region Jönköping County, Sweden & the following municipalities: Aneby, Eksjö, Gislaved, Habo, Mullsjö, Nässjö, Vaggeryd and Tranås & CVHI, School of Health and Welfare, Halmstad University.

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