ERIC Number: ED418370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Young People: Fit for Life? St. Catharine's Conference (Windsor, England, United Kingdom, October 1996). Conference Report No. 55.
In recent years, there has been increasing interest within the media and in government about young people who are spending more time in front of the television or computer than in physical activities. A 1996 conference examined these issues and addressed concerns that young people's lack of activity has a detrimental effect upon their health and long-term physical and psychological development. The conference examined some of the factors that contribute to this lack of activity among young people and actions that could be taken to improve the situation. It was suggested that the media's influence might be challenged and alternative, less sedentary lifestyles encouraged. Similarly, concern was expressed over the reduction in time allotted to physical education at all levels of schooling and the way in which traditional team sports have begun to take precedence over other types of physical activity that are of no less value and are often more enjoyable. It was concluded that a conscious effort to change attitudes and to encourage the fun side of physical activity might constitute a more effective approach. (MKA)
Descriptors: Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Child Health, Children, Criticism, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Mass Media Role, Motivation, Physical Activities, Physical Education, Physical Fitness, Self Esteem
St. Catharine's Cumberland Lodge, The Great Park, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 2HP, England, United Kingdom (2 British pounds).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Foundation of St. Catharine's, Windsor (England).