MEASURING MODERATE-TO-VIGOROUS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY (MVPA)

Are you wondering how your PEP grant proposal or school wellness program can meet MVPA (moderate-to-vigorous physical activity) guidelines?  NEW-LIFESTYLES has the perfect MVPA™ Standards Assessment tool—the NL-1000 accelerometer with MVPA™ timer to help you with assessment and accountability.

Sound too good to be true?  Think again!  Two years in development, that tool is here and NEW-LIFESTYLES developed it.  The NL-1000 accelerometer with its easy to use MVPA™ timer is available and it's affordable.  And unlike pedometers with so-called MVPA time, there's no complicated, time-consuming set-up required and the MVPA timer actually works!

NEW-LIFESTYLES designed the NL-1000 specifically for you to assess and record your students’ MVPA.  There’ll be no more question of accountability.  And, best yet, NEW-LIFESTYLES NL-1000 is cost-effective.  What’s more, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to use this accelerometer; anyone can master the NL-1000 in minutes!

Meeting & Exceeding Federally Mandated School Wellness Policy Requirements

As those in education know, the U.S. federal government mandated that each school participating in the National School Lunch or Child Nutrition Act programs establish a school wellness policy by the start of the 2006-2007 school year.  Federal guidelines for such wellness policies included setting “goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness.”  Furthermore, the wellness policy must “establish a plan for measuring implementation of the local wellness policy.”  (S.2507 Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, SEC.204.Local Wellness Policy.)

Take for example:

  • The California School Boards Association’s publication Successful Students Through Healthy Food & Fitness Policies.
  • The Texas State Board of Education requiring students in grades K - 6, to participate in 30 minutes of daily structured physical activity or 135 minutes per week, either during PE class or through structured activity during recess.
  • Georgia’s senate voting to require at least 150 minutes of PE weekly in K-5 and 225 minutes of PE in grades 6-8.
  • The North Carolina Board of Education requiring schools to incorporate 30 minutes of MVPA a day.
  • The PEP Grant administration establishing, as a performance measure, the reporting requirement of the percentage of students served by the grant who engage in 150 minutes of MVPA/week (for elementary schools) or 225 minutes of MVPA/week (for middle & high schools).

They think MVPA is important, and the CDC and Institute of Medicine have always said it was important!  And now that a cost-effective tool is available to monitor MVPA, there’s no excuse not to use NEW-LIFESTYLES NL-1000 accelerometer to positively impact childhood obesity, while using available technology to make life easier for educators.

Are you meeting the new MVPA (Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity) standards?

Recent developments, like the federally mandated school wellness policies and the PEP Grant application, have thrown MVPA into the spotlight.  Where are these recommendations for minutes of MVPA per week coming from?--CDC, ACSM, HHS

  • The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has long published physical activity recommendations for adults and children:  Adults should engage in moderate-intensity physical activities for at least 30 minutes on 5 or more days of the week.- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • It is recommended that children and adolescents participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity most days of the week, preferably daily.- Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 (US Department of Health and Human Services-HHS)