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Journal Article

Children's in-school and out-of-school physical activity during two seasons
Abstract
Physical activity (PA) promotion for youth has long been thought of as a public health issue (Sallis & McKenzie, 1991). However, with increases in diseases associated with a sedentary lifestyle and the known benefits of PA, increasing the PA levels of children and adolescents has become a major public health concern (Strong et al., 2005). To this end, numerous organizations are calling on schools to take a leadership role in youth PA promotion (National Assocation for Sport and Physical Education, 2008; Pate et al., 2006). The Institutes of Medicine (Koplan, Liverman, & Kraak, 2005) suggested that decreased opportunity for PA during school is one of five environmental factors preventing children from meeting PA recommendations of 60+ min/day. In addition, nearly all children attend school and spend as much as 30% of their waking hours in that setting (Hofferth & Sandberg, 2001; Snyder, Dillow, & Hoffman, 2009). For these reasons, schools are a logical setting to influence youth PA.
Keywords
children physical activity, in-school physical activity, out-of-school physical activity, children exercise, physical education, recreation
Venue
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Publication Date
Jan 2012
Author
Aaron Beighle
Contributor(s)
Heather Morgan, Charles Morgan, Alderman Brandon
Publication Volume
83 (1)
Publication Pages
103-107