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INterrupting Prolonged sitting with ACTivity (InPACT) at SCHOOL

InPACT is a novel classroom-based physical activity intervention to designed to improve the health, well-being, and achievement of elementary school age children. Our goal is to provide teachers with the necessary resources and instruction to lead their classes in 5, 4-minute activity breaks throughout the school day. These short duration activity breaks closely represent children's natural physical activity patterns and are an effective tool to energize and motivate students to be physically active.  We are also conducting the foundational work needed to effectively integrate InPACT into schools across the state of Michigan by: (1) adding classroom activity to local wellness policies and (2) creating a Technical Assistance Package to guide regional school health coordinators in their implementation and dissemination of the program.  For more information, visit the study website at: This project is funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.



Our laboratory along with Michigan School Health Coordinators’ Association, and the Society of Health and Physical Educators, Michigan Public Health Institute, and the Michigan Department of Education have partnered to disseminate Interrupting Prolonged sitting at Home (InPACT at Home). InPACT at Home is an evidence-informed, home-based physical activity program that enables K-12 students to engage in health-enhancing physical activity. Children and youth will have access to 20-minute cardio workout videos that are developmentally appropriate and approved by pediatric exercise physiologists and physical education specialists. Videos will also include nutrition messaging, social emotional learning activities and are currently broadcast on Michigan Learning Channel. This program all includes a family engagement toolkit to help families move together, think together, and be together. For more information, visit the study website at: This project is funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Michigan Public Health Institute.


InPACT in the LAB

Physical activity videos were developed by pediatric exercise physiologists and physical education specialists in partnership with Detroit Public Television to be used as part of the InPACT at Home program.The Interrupting Prolonged sitting with ACTivity in the Lab (InPACT in the Lab) research study seeks to evaluate the short-term effects of these exercise videos on children’s psychological and metabolic outcomes. Children ages 7-12 years old visit the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology and participate in five, 8-minute exercise videos. Videos focus on either cardio, strength, mindfulness or sports skills. Throughout each video, children answer questions related to their mood, perceived intensity, and emotions while their energy expenditure and heart rate are measured. Children receive a $25 gift card as compensation for participation. For more information or if you are interested in participating, please contact our research team at This project is funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Public Health Institute, and University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School.

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