Self-Reported Barriers to Quality Physical Education by Physical Education Specialists in Texas

Authors

  • Cristina S. Barroso,

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      Cristina S. Barroso, DrPH, Assistant Professor; cristinu.s.barroso@uth.tmc.edu, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston School of Public Health, Brownsville Regional Campus, 80 Fort Brown, SPH Bldg, N-1.202D, Brownsville, TX 78520

  • Christine McCullum-Gomez,

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      Christine McCullum-Gomez, PhD, RD, Assistant Professor; Christine.mccullum@uth.tmc.edu, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, Human Nutrition Center; University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston School of Public Health, 1200 Hermann Pressler; RAS W-910, Houston, TX 77030

  • Deanna M. Hoelscher,

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      Deanna M. Hoelscher, PhD, RD, LB, CNS, Director; Human Nutrition Center, and Associate Professor, deannam.hoelscher@uth.tmc.edu, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, Human Nutri-tion Center, University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston School of Public Health, 1200 Hermann Pressler, RAS W-920, Houston, TX 77030

  • Steven H. Kelder,

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      Steven H. Kelder, PhD, MPH, Director, Center for Health Promo-tion and Prevention Research, and Associate Professor; steven.h.kelder@uth.tmc.edu, Epidemiology and Behavioral Sciences, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston School of Public Health, 7000 Fannin St, Suite 2658, Houston, TX 77030

  • Nancy G. Murray

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      Nancy G. Murray, DrPH, Assistant Professor, nancy.g.murray@uth.tmc.edu, Health Promotion and Behavioral Scien-ces, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston School of Public Health, 7000 Fannin St, Suite 2620, Houston, TX 77030.


Abstract

ABSTRACT: School-based programs offer an efficient means of promoting the health of a large number of children. The Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program was designed to decrease risk factors for chronic disease in elementary school children and includes separate coordinated interventions for child nutrition services, physical education (PE), classroom instruction, and family education. Physical education specialists who attended CATCH training during school years 2000–2003 were surveyed about CATCH PE at their respective schools. The survey included items pertaining to PE barriers, implementation and satisfaction of CATCH PE, and demographic characteristics. A serial cross-sectional study design was used; response rates were 58.6% in 2000, 20.9% in 2001, 38.7% in 2002, and 57.7% in 2003. The top two rank order barriers to quality PE were large class size and low academic value. Future research should focus on determining characteristics of schools that are achieving quality PE programs.

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