Active healthy living: Prevention of childhood obesity through increased physical activity

Teri M. McCambridge, David T. Bernhardt, Joel S. Brenner, Joseph A. Congeni, Jorge E. Gomez, Andrew J.M. Gregory, Douglas B. Gregory, Bernard A. Griesemer, Frederick E. Reed, Stephen G. Rice, Eric W. Small, Paul R. Stricker, Claire LeBlanc, James Raynor, Jeanne Christensen Lindros, Barbara L. Frankowski, Rani S. Gereige, Linda M. Grant, Daniel Hyman, Harold MagalnickCynthia J. Mears, George J. Monteverdi, Robert D. Murray, Evan G. Pattishall, Michele M. Roland, Thomas L. Young, Nancy LaCursia, Mary Vernon-Smiley, Donna Mazyck, Robin Wallace, Su Li

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The current epidemic of inactivity and the associated epidemic of obesity are being driven by multiple factors (societal, technologic, industrial, commercial, financial) and must be addressed likewise on several fronts. Foremost among these are the expansion of school physical education, dissuading children from pursuing sedentary activities, providing suitable role models for physical activity, and making activity-promoting changes in the environment. This statement outlines ways that pediatric health care providers and public health officials can encourage, monitor, and advocate for increased physical activity for children and teenagers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1834-1842
Number of pages9
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Advocacy
  • Children
  • Healthy living
  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Physical activity
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    McCambridge, T. M., Bernhardt, D. T., Brenner, J. S., Congeni, J. A., Gomez, J. E., Gregory, A. J. M., Gregory, D. B., Griesemer, B. A., Reed, F. E., Rice, S. G., Small, E. W., Stricker, P. R., LeBlanc, C., Raynor, J., Lindros, J. C., Frankowski, B. L., Gereige, R. S., Grant, L. M., Hyman, D., ... Li, S. (2006). Active healthy living: Prevention of childhood obesity through increased physical activity. Pediatrics, 117(5), 1834-1842.