Feasibility of an incentive scheme to promote active travel to school: a pilot cluster randomised trial

Samuel Ginja, Bronia Arnott, Vera Araujo-Soares, Anil Namdeo, Elaine McColl

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Abstract

A parallel cluster randomised pilot trial was conducted over 9 weeks in two schools from a low-income area in northeast England. Measures included daily parental ATS reports (optionally by SMS) and child ATS reports, as well as accelerometry (ActiGraph GT3X+). At baseline, all children were asked to wear the accelerometer for the same week; in the post-randomisation phase, small subsamples were monitored each week. In the 2 weeks when a child wore the accelerometer, parents also reported the start and finish times of the journey to school. The intervention consisted of a lottery-based incentive scheme; every ATS day reported by the parent, whether by paper or SMS, corresponded to one ticket entered into a weekly £5 voucher draw. Before each draw session, the researcher prepared the tickets and placed them into an opaque bag, from which one was randomly picked by the teacher at the draw session.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages14
JournalPilot and Feasibility Studies
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Active travel
  • Schools
  • Children
  • accelerometers
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Physical activity
  • Incentives

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