The Challenge: Despite overwhelming evidence of the health benefits of physical activity, most American youth are not meeting the national recommendation of 60 minutes per day.
Make an impact: Identifying specific ways to achieve the 60-minute goal can increase physical activity among children.
What the findings are about: This study estimates the number of minutes in physical activity that different approaches, such as walking or biking to schools, increasing physical education time, or having access to parks, could provide for children.
Key Findings and Recommendations:
Schools and communities can reach the 60-minute goal in several ways. Three primary ways, such as mandatory daily physical education, classroom physical activity breaks and walking or biking to school, can alone provide 58 minutes of physical activity.
The minutes of physical activity gained per day resulting from a total of nine different policy and environmental changes are presented.
This information can help legislators, school officials, and other policy-makers make well-informed decisions that can enhance physical activity in youth.