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New research unpacks how social interaction impacts physical activity-based programs

McDonough, M. H., Ullrich-French, S., & McDavid, M. L. (2018). Helping kids connect: Participant and staff perspectives on facilitating social relationships in a physical activity-based positive youth development program for youth from low-income families. Sport, Exercise, And Performance Psychology, 7(1), 13-29. doi:10.1037/spy0000109 Summarized by Cyanea Poon Notes of Interest: This qualitative study adopted the socio-ecological […]

New research has implications for mentoring and fitness-related social media

Posted by Alexis Blue, futurity.org The more exercise-related posts we see on social media, the more concern we feel about our own weight, which may lead to unhealthy body image, according to new research. “When people received more posts about exercise, it made them more concerned about their weight—more self-conscious—and that’s not a good thing,” […]

New research outlines 9 steps in using mentoring to boost physical activity in youth

Smith, L. & Petosa, R. (2016). A structured peer-mentoring method for physical activity behavior change among adolescents. The Journal of the School of Nursing, 32(5), 315-323. Summarized by Justin Preston As the winter months roll in, a time typically reserved for hibernating and reduced physical activity more generally, new research has outlined an approach for […]

New research demonstrates impact of sports mentoring on life skills development

Choi, E., Park, J. J., Jo, K., & Lee, O. (2015). The influence of a sports mentoring program on children’s life skills development. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 15(2), 264. Summarized by Kirsten Christensen   Introduction In recent years, there has been a paradigm shift in how we conceptualize youth development, moving from a […]

Sparks: An important ingredient in why active kids excel!

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. (Appearing also in http://mag.activewearusa.com/active-kids-excel/) Research shows that when children are physically active, they get stronger mentally, emotionally and socially, and increase their likelihood for success in all aspects of their lives. Why should we invest in our children’s physical activities? Or what should we invest in? Other than the physical health aspect of […]