On Friday, the Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS) released a new report identifying interventions that can help increase physical activity
in youth aged 3-17 years across a variety of settings. The primary audiences
for the report are policymakers, health care providers, and public health
professionals. APTA submitted comments in December 2012 on the draft report.
Physical Activity Guidelines for
Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among
Youth summarizes intervention strategies based on the evidence from
literature reviews and is organized into 5 settings where youth live, learn,
and play: school, preschool and childcare, community, family and home, and
primary health care.
Key findings of the report suggest that:
Other materials released by HHS include an infographic
highlighting opportunities to increase physical activity throughout the day and
a youth fact sheet summarizing the report's
recommendations for youth aged 6-17 years. More information can be found at www.health.gov/paguidelines/midcourse/.
APTA has long supported HHS' efforts to increase awareness about the
benefits of physical activity. It provided input on the 2008
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans related to the importance of considering physical activity needs
and barriers for people with disabilities. It also served on the Physical
Activity Guidelines Reaction Group. The association also contributes to the Be Active Your Way Blog.