Opportunities for public health to increase physical activity among youths

Katrina L. Piercy, Joan M. Dorn, Janet E. Fulton, Kathleen F. Janz, Sarah M. Lee, Robin A. McKinnon, Russell R. Pate, Karin A. Pfeiffer, Deborah Rohm Young, Richard P. Troiano, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

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    Abstract

    Despite the well-known benefits of youths engaging in 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, physical inactivity remains a significant public health concern. The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG) provides recommendations on the amount of physical activity needed for overall health; the PAG Midcourse Report (2013) describes effective strategies to help youths meet these recommendations.

    Public health professionals can be dynamic change agents where youths live, learn, and play by changing environments and policies to empower youths to develop regularphysicalactivityhabits to maintain throughout life.

    We have summarized key findings from the PAG Midcourse Report and outlined actions that public health professionals can take to ensure that all youths regularly engage in health-enhancing physical activity.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)421-426
    Number of pages6
    JournalAmerican journal of public health
    Volume105
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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