The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report

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March 8, 2013
By Chad Spoon
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has just released a 5-year follow-up report to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth provides recommendations for increasing physical activity levels of American youth across five key settings:  Schools, Preschool and Childcare, Community, Home, and Healthcare.

 

Key findings from the midcourse report:

  1. 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.

  2. Preschool and Childcare Centers that serve young children are an important setting in which to enhance physical activity.

  3. Changes involving the Built Environment and multiple sectors are promising.

  4. To advance efforts to increase physical activity among youth, key research gaps should be addressed.

The bottom line is that kids need 60 minutes or more per day where they live, learn and play.

To access the report, please visit www.health.gov/paguidelines.

Active Living Research is working to broaden awareness for the report. We would sincerely appreciate any actions you can take to let others know about the report.

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