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Implementing high intensity interval training in school

48 months
Approved budget:
Professor Nigel Harris
Associate Professor Jillian Haszard
Associate Professor Isaac Warbrick
Professor David Lubans
Professor Rachael Taylor
Dr Denise Atkins
Professor Alex Parker
Health issue:
Physical activity/exercise
Proposal type:
Lay summary
High intensity interval training (HIIT) is an effective, expedient and palatable exercise option for youth on a range of health, fitness and wellness outcomes, but there is no research on its longer term implementation in our youth. Partnering with schools and teachers to integrate HIIT into the curriculum represents a potentially scalable and sustainable way to facilitate broad ongoing participation in HIIT. The aim of this study is to determine the effectiveness of implementing a curriculum embedded, teacher-delivered Mātauranga Māori HIIT exercise programme within the school health and physical education curriculum. This is a cluster-randomised controlled trial in 14 schools with assessments, including process and implementation evaluations, at 6 months and at 18 months follow up.