Doctoral Graduate and Faculty Discuss Improving Preschoolers’ Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual Health

Posted on 10/1/2014 7:27:16 PM

Hannah Brewer, a graduate of the Professional Studies in Education doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction and current assistant professor at Slippery Rock University, co-authored an article with IUP colleagues Keri Kulik of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science, and Kelli Paquette of Professional Studies in Education.

The article, published by the National Teacher Education Journal, is entitled “Moving Towards Student Wellness: The Effect of Positive Physical Activity Experiences on Body Mass Index Among Preschoolers,” and discusses how early intervention can improve children’s physical, emotional, and intellectual health.

Participants included 33 children attending two preschools in the Northeastern United States. A quasi-experimental design was used to determine differences in participants’ BMI. A significant difference was found. Children attending the experimental preschool were more likely to maintain or improve their BMI than children attending the control preschool.

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