Dr Masato Kawabata Publishes Paper in BMC Public Health

Dr Masato Kawabata Publishes Paper in BMC Public Health

Monday, 09 July 2018

Dr Masato Kawabata

Dr Masato Kawabata, Assistant Professor at NIE’s Physical Education and Sports Science Academic Group, published a paper based on research done with OER titled “A school-based intervention program in promoting leisure-time physical activity: Trial protocol” in the journal BMC Public Health

BMC Public Health is a journal with a 5-year impact factor of 2.814. The OER project on which his paper is based on is “Effects of School-based Intervention Programs in Promoting Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity during Leisure-time”.

In the paper, Dr Kawabata and his co-authors, Ms Chua Khai Leng, research assistant and Professor Nikos Chatzisarantis, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University of Technology, discussed that regular participation in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) is important to manage obesity. Physical education (PE) is considered to play an important role in promoting lifelong participation in physical activity (PA) because it provides an existing network where cost-effective interventions can be implemented to produce sustainable change in health behavior.

However, the association between compulsory school PA (e.g., PE lessons) and body composition levels has received mixed support in the literature. Therefore, the study aimed to investigate whether a school-based intervention targeting salient PA benefits and barriers grounded on the theory of planned behavior would promote young people’s participation in MVPA during leisure time and reduce body mass index (BMI) of overweight students. 

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