Implementation of a statewide policy mandating school-based fitness assessment screening, Georgia: 2018
Health Promotion and Physical Education
© 2020 American Public Health Association Inc.. All rights reserved. Objectives. To evaluate the statewide implementation of childhood fitness assessment and reporting in Georgia. Methods. We collected survey data from 1683 (919 valid responses from a random-digit-dialed survey and 764 valid responses from a Qualtrics panel) parents of public school students in Georgia in 2018. Results. Most parents reported that their child participated in fitness assessments at school, yet only 31% reported receiving results. If a child was identified as needing improvement, parents were significantly more likely to change the diet and exercise of both the child and the family. Conclusions. A state-level mandatory fitness assessment for children may be successful in state-level surveillance of fitness levels; parental awareness of the policy, receipt of the fitness assessment information, and action on receiving the screening information require more efforts in implementation.
American Journal of Public Health
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