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Physical Activity Among Youth: Room for Improvement

painfographicOn behalf of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, a subcommittee of physical activity experts studied and evalutated the physical activity levels of youth in five settings: schools, preschool and childcare centers, community, family and home, and primary care. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth is intended to identify interventions that can help increase physical activity in youth in the focused settings.

Results indicated that:

  • School settings hold a realistic and evidence-based opportunity to increase physical activity among youth and should be a key part of a national strategy to increase physical activity.
  • Preschool and childcare centers that serve young children are an important setting in which to enhance physical activity.
  • Changes involving the built nvironment and multiple sectors are promising.

The report discusses the importance of each of the five settings and its relation to youth physical activity, presents a review of and conclusions about the strength of evidence supporting interventions to increase physical activity, and describes research needs. The report also discusses several notable precedents for policy involvement in youth physical activity, describes the potential for policy and programs to further encourage increased physical activity among youth, and discusses other approaches to consider in developing strategies to increase physical activity among youth.

Download the full report on the DHHS website.