Are your children getting 30 minutes of physical activity a day? Since September 2022, the Ministry of National Education has set up, on the initiative of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG), a scheme so that each pupil in primary school can benefit from 30 minutes of daily physical activity (DPA) during their school time as part of the "Move+" strategy. This Thursday, a first study takes stock of the implementation of this system in the Créteil academy.
Martine Duclos, president of the Scientific Committee of the National Observatory of Physical Activity and Sedentary Life (ONAPS), in charge of the study, is satisfied with the first "very encouraging" results with Le Parisien. "The best results are for children. The perceived effects on their well-being, their attitude in class, their motivation to do sport are very positive," explains the sports doctor.
"A lot of teachers don't understand the text"
In detail, 94% of the teachers concerned by the scheme mentioned an improvement in the well-being of pupils, 91% a reduction in their sedentary lifestyle, and 82% a better commitment of young people to practise sports outside of school. For their part, teachers also indicate beneficial effects on their profession, with an enrichment of pedagogical practices for 69% of them, and also an improvement in their well-being (62%).
However, no quantitative indicators exist in the study to demonstrate any decrease in body mass index or improvement in physical abilities in the children concerned.
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Apart from these positive figures from an external point of view, the system is still marginal in France. "It is theoretically generalized throughout France since the start of the 2022 school year but in fact, this is not the case at all," warns Martine Duclos. Even in the Créteil school district, the latter is deployed by only 56% of the teachers who responded to the questionnaire, for an average duration of about 26 minutes, and only 36% of them have been trained in the "30 minutes of APQ" system.
"The first obstacle is that many teachers don't understand the text. Some people thought that you had to go to an outdoor gym at school, when the classroom might be enough. We need to give them more examples," says the president of the ONAPS Scientific Committee. Other barriers are also identified by the study. 80% of teachers who do not use the system cite a lack of time. 44% of them also point to a lack of resources.
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However, Martine Duclos, a sports doctor, continues to push for these 30 minutes of daily activity. "You have to believe in this system. We can further develop this practice before the Games, and then use Paris 2024 to boost it even more. It's not a complicated device to set up. It does not require any funding. If I were optimistic, I would say that all children could benefit from 30 minutes of physical activity in elementary school by the start of the next school year! »