IPLAY (Intervention of Physical Activity in Youth) is a five year, National Institutes of Health funded, research study that looks to enhance creative and innovative evaluation of physical activity and the built environment.
Through a partnership with Metro Denver School Districts and cross-University collaboration with the University of Colorado, University of Hawaii, and Colorado State University, the IPLAY study seeks to understand how physical environments and curriculum within those environments affect physical activity behaviours in elementary aged children.
How We Measure
- SOPLAY (System for Observing Play and Leisure Activity in Youth) is an observation tool used to measure activity during recess
- Environmental measures of the schoolyards are taken to determine play area space and equipment
- Accelerometers or activity monitors measure activity of children outside of school hours
- Body Mass Index (BMI) testing measures height and weight of children, grades 1, 3 and 5.
- Questionnaires to determine the students’ perception of their physical and social environments and behaviors
How We Are Different
The IPLAY study is committed to the values of the Anschutz Health & Wellness Center and a focus on active school environments. The IPLAY research study uses two types of curriculum implementation, SPARK and Balance First, and five innovative assessment tools to access behaviour changes in elementary children.