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Influence of Physical Education on Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity of Urban Public School Children in St. Louis, Missouri, 2011 - 2014

In-School MVPA Days With PE Class, min/d Days Without PE Class, min/d
Recess 5.4 5.6
Lunch 3.6 2.8
Physical education class 17.1 Not applicable 
Remainder of the school day 18.3 22.2

Figure. Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) of urban public school children in St. Louis, Missouri, 2011–2014, during several school days. Average minutes of in-school MVPA (defined as heart rate ≥140 bpm) were computed from 15-second heart rate values of 81 elementary school students. There were 229 observations on school days with physical education (PE) class and 346 observations on school days without PE class. The P value compares total minutes of MVPA on school days with PE class and school days without PE class. Abbreviations: MVPA, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity; PE, physical education.

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