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Table 4 Summary of PA and screen time recommendations during after school care sessions

From: A scoping review of physical activity and screen time guidelines for use in Outside School Hours Care

Guideline Title PA Recommendations Screen time Recommendations Guideline in use?
  Duration Intensity Duration Content  
The National Afterschool Alliance HEPA Standards 2.0 •Plan and provide PA:
a)1 h program = 10 mins
b)2 h program = 20mins
c)3 h program = 30mins
d)4 h program = 40 mins
e)5 h program = 60 mins
•MVPA for 50% of PA time (e.g. 5 mins of 10 min spent in MVPA) •Daily total screen time is limited to:
a)1- to 2-h. programs—40 mins
b)3 h. or more—60 mins
•Ensure that digital devices are used for homework, research, or digital learning that is active rather than passive
•No television or movies are allowed
YES
Before-And-After School Programs (Kindergarten to Grade 6) - Policies and Guidelines for School Boards 30 min of daily active play in daily programming to align with government initiatives n/a n/a n/a YES
Minnesota Afterschool and OST - Best Practice Guidelines •30 min dailya
•20 min × 3/week a
•MVPAa
•Vigorousa
•Limit recreational computer time to less than one hour a daya •Eliminate the use of commercial broadcast TV/movies a YES
•Schedule at least 30 min of for every 3-h block, and half of that time spent outside dailyb •MVPAb •Limit television and recreational screen time to no more than 2.5 h of a 5-day week i.e. 30 min per dayb  
Ohio Kids on the Move: Physical Activity Guidelines for Afterschool Programs •For an academic /arts /science /community based after school program: 20% of the total session time dedicated to PA
•For a physical activity based after school program: 80% of session time dedicated to PA
•MVPA Screen time is limited to 10% of total program and no more than 20 min continuously. n/a YES
National Afterschool Association HEPA Standards •For an academic /arts /science /community based after school program: 20% of the total session time dedicated to PA
•For a PA based after school program: 80% of session time dedicated to PA
n/a •Screen time is limited to 10% of total program time and no more than 20 min continuously n/a NO
OSNAP •Include 30 min daily •MPA, that is fun (include outdoor activity if possible) •Limit recreational computer time to less than one hour a day •Eliminate the use of commercial broadcast TV/movies YES
•20 min, 3 x week VPA
California After School Physical Activity Guidelines •A minimum of 30–60 min
•For students not engaging in PA elsewhere, aim to provide the full 60 min of recommended MVPA
•Arrange the afterschool schedule to ensure that students do not sit for more than 60 min at a time
MVPA •Limit recreational screen time to 30 min
•Limit total screen time to 60 min per after school session
n/a YES
Move More North Carolina: Recommended standards for After School Physical Activity, North Carolina •20% of the total session time should be dedicated to PA in traditional/enrichment/academic focus programs
•80% of the total session time should be dedicated to PA in sport/recreation focus programs
MVPA n/a n/a YES
Healthy Kids, Healthy New York - After-School initiative toolkit •Schedule at least 30 min of for every 3-h block, and half of that time spent outside daily •MVPA •Limit television and recreational screen time to no more than 2.5 h of a 5-day week i.e. 30 min per day n/a YES
•Provide an activity break for no more than 60 min of continuous sedentary activity  
  1. PA Physical Activity, AS After School, MVPA Moderate to vigorous physical activity, n/a Not available
  2. U.S. United States, NAA National Afterschool Association, HEPA Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, OSNAP Out-of-School Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative, NY New York, YMCA Young Men’s Christian Association, OST Out of School Time, n/a Not available aFrom the OSNAP guidelines, b From the NY guidelines