Start For Life is a physical activity intervention designed to reduce BMI among 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children in their final 2 years of preschool. It was recently added to the RTIPs repository.
We originally developed and implemented the program in YMCA-affiliated preschool settings. Start for Life is a 9-month intervention consisting of 30 minutes of structured physical activity on each school day within an outdoor, fenced playground or in the classroom during inclement weather. We sought to design an intervention with a strong theorical framework in order to realize better long- and short-term outcomes amoung 4- and 5-year olds.
Have you considered implementing physical activity programs in pre-school settings? What has been your experience working with this population?