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The strategies for promoting physical activity in students by administrating school health programs following the concepts from world health organization is one of the fundamental health factors. It is important that schools should have concrete policies to increase physical activity levels in elementary school since Thai children have less than half the physical activity according to the criteria set by world health organization.
Purpose The purposes of this study were 1) to study the components of administrating school health programs that affect physical activity of students 2) to synthesize strategies for promoting physical activity through administrating school health programs.
Methods The research procedures were 1) simple random sampling, 15 schools in Bangkok, 45 administrators and teachers, and 1,500 students participating in the study. Collect data on conditions and guidelines for administrating school health programs and physical activities of students. Analyze data by examining the influence of factors using structural equation models (SEM) 2) synthesizing strategies for promoting physical activity.
Results The results showed that 1) the influence of variables by using structural equation modeling (SEM) showed consistently with empirical (χ2=24.31, df=13, χ2/df=1.87, P-value p=.06, CFI=.95, RMSEA=.03, SRMR=.04) there are 2 positive influencing factors of school health program management on physical activity, namely healthy environment management and learning–teaching health and physical education, and 1 negative influencing factor which was food and nutrition management. 2) the results of synthesis strategies for promoting physical activity were: organize a space or field for the students to play, teaching health and physical education at least 1 and 2 period / week, arrange for students to have a chance to play after lunch.
Conclusion The results of the study show that there are 3 major components of administrating school health programs including healthy environment management, learning-teaching health and physical education, and food and nutrition management. That effect physical activity of elementary school students.
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