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Bright sports, physical activity investments that work: implementing brain breaks in Malaysian primary schools
  1. Garry Kuan1,2,
  2. Hussein Rizal1,
  3. Mawar Siti Hajar1,
  4. Ming-Kai Chin2,3,
  5. Magdalena Mo Ching Mok4,5
  1. 1 Exercise and Sport Science Programme, School of Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Malaysia
  2. 2 The Foundation for Global Community Health (GCH), Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  3. 3 HOPSports, Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  4. 4 Graduate Institute of Educational Information and Measurement, National Taichung University of Education, Taichung, Taiwan
  5. 5 Department of Psychology and Assessment Research Centre, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
  1. Correspondence to Dr Garry Kuan, Exercise and Sport Science Programme, School of Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kelantan, Malaysia; garry{at}

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  • Primary schools in the district of Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia.

Target population

  • Primary school children in grades 4 and 5 (n=622 students up to December 2018). More schools are adopting this programme.

What modes/types/domains of physical activity does the programme promote?

  • Moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity aimed improving health-related fitness—cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition.

Which of the seven best investments does the programme address?

  • Education, making regular physical activity in schools the norm.

What sectors does it involve?

  • Education.

  • Estimated reach of the programme.

  • Over 600 Malay primary schoolchildren per year.

What is special about this programme?

  • This is the first web-based, digitalised physical activity that was adopted at a large scale in any Malaysian setting.

Key programme details and contacts

  • Programme website:;

  • Contact:


Although a child’s physical development is inseparable from his or her cognitive development, the Malaysian education system prioritises academic achievement over physical development. Malaysian children and adolescents engage in low levels of physical activity.1 As in many countries, there is a need to increase physical activity among Malay adolescent communities in Malaysia.

To achieve this, the Global Community Health2 (GCH) and HOPSports3 introduced Brain BreaksPhysical Activity Solutions …

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