Physical Activity: Family-Based Interventions

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Source: The Guide to Community Preventive Services

Last Reviewed: October 2016

The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends family-based interventions to increase physical activity in children. These interventions combine activities to build family support with health education. The interventions include 1 or more of the following: 

  • Goal-setting tools and tracking progress 
  • Reinforcement of positive health behaviors 
  • Organized physical activity sessions

Interventions also may provide information about other behaviors, like choosing healthier foods or getting less screen time.

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Guide to Community Preventive Services. (2016). Physical activity: Family-based interventions. Retrieved from