2015 Gear Up & Go! Evaluation Report
Gear Up & Go! was evaluated by The University of Washington Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP), the Snohomish Health District (SHD), The Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition (SCHLC) and the Group Health Center for Community Health and Evaluation (CCHE), who all partnered to complete a detailed data analysis of the program.
The objectives of the evaluation were to identify school, community and social determinant factors associated with greater activity; use this knowledge to increase activity in schools; and create a strategy to sustain the Coalition’s efforts to increase youth physical activity in the broader community.
Download a copy of the full 2015 Evaluation Report and Executive Summary.
Key findings from the report include:
• A 12.1% increase in student activity levels from the beginning to the end of the 2013-2014 school year (3525 points per hour to 3950).
• Activity increases rose to 15.9% from the beginning to the end of the 2041-2015 school year (4565 points per hour to 5290) when a decline was expected based on the state’s Healthy Youth Survey and nationally self-reported data.
• Gear Up & Go! student engagement was effective across economic strata as there was no systematic association found between indicators of poverty (% free/reduced lunch students per school) and level of engagement in the program.
• An October 2014 survey of more than 3700 students parallel to the Fall 2014 Healthy Youth Survey confirmed that five months after the 2013-14 program ended, regular Gear Up & Go! participants were 46% more likely to report getting an hour a day of vigorous activity than non-participants.
• According to the statewide Healthy Youth Survey, an hour a day of physical activity was reported by only 28% of all Snohomish County students. However, based on an in-class supplemental survey, 35% of regular participants reported an hour every day vs. only 24% of non-participants.