An active break program (ACTIVA-MENTE) at elementary schools in Chile: study protocol for a pilot cluster randomized controlled trial

Tomás Reyes-Amigo, Jessica Ibarra-Mora, Nicolás Aguilar-Farías, Nicolás Gómez-Álvarez, Hernaldo Carrasco-Beltrán, Rafael Zapata-Lamana, Juan Hurtado-Almonácid, Jacqueline Páez-Herrera, Rodrigo Yañez-Sepulveda, Guillermo Cortés, Grissel Rolle-Cáceres, Andréa Bezerra

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Background: Physical inactivity is prevalent in childhood. Schools can be an ideal context to promote the regular practice of physical activity since children spend there a large part of the day. In this sense, an emerging and current trend is active breaks at school. This article presents a study protocol that seeks to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of an intervention with active breaks (ACTIVA-MENTE program) in a school context on physical activity, on-task classroom behavior, and the physical activity enjoyment in schoolchildren. Methods: The protocol includes children aged 10 to 11 years. Two groups will be randomized (intervention and control groups). The intervention group will use the active break program, ACTIVA-MENTE, which consists of the application of a 4-min, 30-s video with moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity. These breaks will be taken 6 times a day in the classes for 6 weeks. The total physical activity will be measured with accelerometers (Actigraph wGT3X-BT), the on-task behavior through the Direct Behavior Rating Scale and the level of enjoyment through the Physical Activity Enjoyment Scale. Discussion: Previous research reported that active breaks have positive results in physical activity levels. This study will be one of the few to design active breaks through videos without depending on the presence of a physical education teacher and it can also provide new findings on the effectiveness of an active break’s structure (e.g., types of exercises and intensity) on the indicated outcomes. Expected results: It is expected that the ACTIVA-MENTE program can be a suitable program for school settings, potentially increasing physical activity levels, and the commitment to the task, as well as be a pleasant moment for the students. Clinical trial registration:, identifier NCT05403996.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1243592
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • active break
  • children
  • on-task behavior
  • physical activity
  • school

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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