NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ901565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Resources for Increasing Physical Activity in Children and Youth
Ryan, Carol A.; Beighle, Aaron
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v24 n1 p22-25 Sep-Oct 2010
The number of children and youth who are overweight has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. According to the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 17 percent of children and adolescents ages 2-19 years are obese. In addition, data from the CDC's YRBS 2009 survey indicate that children of color have higher obesity rates than their Caucasian counterparts. These data paint a clear picture of a problem that must be addressed. What can be done to change this trend? Most experts recommend a comprehensive approach to activity promotion that involves schools, communities, universities, government, and numerous other parties. The focus of this article is on using schools and non-curricular activities that can increase physical activity in children and youth during the school day. Virtually every community has a school, making it an ideal location and cornerstone for programs designed to increase the physical activity levels of America's youth. Research suggests that increasing physical activity during the school day will not interfere with student learning and, combined with other strategies, may help America deal with a severe health crisis in childhood obesity. To this end, this article is intended for anyone interested in school-based programs designed to increase the physical activity of school children. Obviously physical education is the optimal institution for physical activity promotion; however, the focus of this article is to provide strategies and ideas to supplement, but not replace physical education programs. This article lists various activities/ideas that schools can use to increase the physical activity level of their students.
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 800-213-7193; Fax: 703-476-9527; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A