Journal of Obesity / 2013 / Article / Tab 4

Research Article

Comparative Effectiveness of After-School Programs to Increase Physical Activity

Table 4

Total implementation cost per participant and program (2010 dollars).

Community ASP
(serving 54 children with 9 staff members/volunteers)
School-based ASP
(serving 37 children with 3 staff members)

Facilities ** 
(space used in sq ft)

(hours per day, days worked, and hourly rate of staff/art teacher/volunteers)


Recreational equipment *** 
(e.g., games, toys, sports gear, and art supplies)

Total direct cost per participant for 12 weeks$1184$1087
Daily direct cost per participant $19.25$17.67

The facilities used by the community ASP covered a larger area compared to those used by the school-based ASP (111,130 sq ft, versus 68,940 sq ft). The space available for these programs was valued based on $1 per sq ft, assuming participants used 50% of the available space while the other 50% continued to be available to the public. We estimated the cost of using the facilities during 3 hours per day over the 61.5 days of study period.
***The school-based ASP reported a 100% depreciation rate within one year. The community center program also reported 100% depreciation rate for light recreational equipment within one year and a 5-year life span on electronics and large equipment.

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