ALR2018 will be held February 11-14, 2018 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta, Canada.
The Challenge: Nearly one in three young people in the United States are overweight or obese and lack of physical activity contributes to the epidemic.
Make an impact: Leading public health officials recognize after-school programs as an important setting for promoting physical activity and preventing obesity. In recent years, 14 states have adopted policies and national standards have been developed to help increase the amount of physical activity children accumulate while attending after-school programs, but many of this standards and policies lack clearly defined benchmarks.
What the findings are about: This brief summarizes research on physical activity in after-school programs and examines how policies can help after-school programs more effectively promote physical activity and prevent obesity among children.
An abbreviated fact sheet is available that highlights the research brief's main findings.
Another fact sheet contains practical information organizations can use to increase the amount and quality of physical activity in afterschool and other out-of-school time programs. The fact sheet highlights evidence-based physical activity recommendations from the National Afterschool Association. It includes information on how to objectively measure whether children and youth are being active enough using pedometers.
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