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Jane Fortson, James-Burdumy S, Bleeker M, Beyler N, London RA, Westrich L, Stokes-Guinan K, and Castrechini S.
Mathematica Policy Research

Mathematica Policy Research and the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University conducted a randomized controlled trial of Playworks

Kristen A. Madsen, Katherine Hicks, Hannah Thompson
Journal of School Health

Low-income students reported a significant decline in protective factors since 2001. School partnerships with youth development programs promoting physical activity may ameliorate declines in emotional well-being and increase physical activity.

Rebecca A. London, Lisa Westrich, Katie Stokes-Guinan, Milbrey McLaughlin
Journal of School Health

Recess is an important part of the school day for contributing to school climate. Creating a positive recess climate helps students to be engaged in meaningful play and return to class ready to learn.

Martha Bleeker, Nicholas Beyler, Susanne James-Burdumy, Jane Fortson
Journal of School Health
Girls in Playworks schools had significantly higher accelerometer intensity counts and spent more time in vigorous physical activity than girls in control schools
Susanne James-Burdumy, Nicholas Beyler, Kelley Borradaile, Martha Bleeker, Alyssa Maccarone, and Jane Fortson
Journal of Physical Activity and Health

Compared with non-Hispanic black students in control schools, non-Hispanic black students in Playworks schools recorded 338 more intensity counts per minute, 4.9 more steps per minute, and 6.3 percentage points more time in MVPA during recess.