May 17, 2010
This week, we discuss efforts to increase physical activity among youth via private partnerships, state funding opportunities, and federal legislation:
American Heart Association and Nintendo Join Forces to Promote Healthy Living Through Active-Play Video Games (Source: Businesswire.com) Concern over children’s health spurs non-traditional partnership between AHA and Nintendo.
Pennsylvania Announces Active Schools Grant Program in Elementary Schools for 2010-11 School Year (Source: PRNewswire.com) Grants assist schools in providing 30 minutes/day of physical activity for students.
Phys. Ed. Legislation Generates Mixed Reactions (Source: Education Week) Respondents agree that increased physical activity among students is needed, but disagree on the proposed mandates of the FIT Kids Act.
How can the effectiveness of these approaches be maximized? Share your ideas!
April 19, 2010
This week, we highlight reports on school-based physical activity, as well as the cost-effectiveness of print vs. electronic physical activity information:
The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance (Source: CDC) Literature review and policy implications.
Cost Analysis of Internet vs. Print Interventions for Physical Activity Promotion (Source: Psychology of Sport and Exercise/PubMed) Researchers estimate break-even points for print vs. web-based interventions.
How could this information be useful in confirming or updating the direction of your programs?
April 2, 2010
This week, we present some of the “hot topics” in media surrounding physical activity among youth:
Exercise Helps Teens Overcome 'Obesity Gene' (Source: US News and World Report) Researchers in Sweden report that lifestyle choices can challenge genetic predisposition toward obesity.
Nearly Third of Children Globally are Couch Potatoes (Source: Reuters) Researchers at the World Health Organization surveyed 70,000 youth from around the world on their physical activity patterns.
First Family Kicks Off Annual Easter Egg Roll (Source: Associated Press/Google) President and Mrs. Obama infused nutrition and physical activity messages into the annual holiday event.