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Research underpinning Transform-Us!

Transform-Us! is a simple and easy program that can improve children’s classroom behaviours and their health.

Transform-Us! was developed by an international team of researchers led by Professor Jo Salmon at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Deakin University.1

  • It was trialled in 20 Primary schools across Melbourne
  • Schools and teachers delivered the program for a 2.5 year period (2010-2012)
  • Teachers integrated movement into their class lessons and homework activities and promoted physical activity at recess and lunchtimes
  • Over 220 teachers and 1600 students in Grade 3 took part (students were in Grade 5 at the end of the study).
  • 595 students enrolled in the assessments to determine changes in physical activity, sedentary (sitting) time and a variety of health markers (including height, weight, waist circumference, blood pressure and blood biomarkers).

The final results were very positive. Compared to a comparison group, students who participated in Transform-Us! had:

33 minute reduction in sitting per day
5 minute increase in moderate to vigorous activity per day
Lower Body Mass Index (BMI), waist circumference and systolic blood pressure
Higher vitamin D levels
85% of students experienced greater concentration after an active break.
79% of students improved time-on-task after an active lesson.
81% of teachers will continue with the active lessons.
92% of teachers will continue with the active breaks.
96% of teachers will continue with the active homework strategies.
94% of teachers will continue using the line markings and equipment.

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