Physical Activity and Physical Education in Schools: The Institute of Medicine held a public workshop, "Physical Activity and Physical Education in Schools: Perspectives on Successes, Barriers, and Opportunities" on September 20, 2012 in Washington, DC . Its purpose was to provide the IOM Committee on Physical Activity and Physical Education in the School Environment with viewpoints from individuals in academia as well as practitioners of physical activity and physical education programs in the school environment. The workshop featured a variety of expert speakers who discussed the following programmatic approaches: 1) Physical Education; 2) Physical Activity in the Classroom; 3) Physical Activity during Recess/Breaks; 4) Intramural and Extramural Sports; and 5) Active Transport. The workshop included a 30-minute information-gathering forum which provided a venue and opportunity for interested stakeholders to present relevant information, evidence, and suggestions for the committee to consider as it develops recommendations for strengthening and improving programs and policies for physical activity and physical education in the school environment, including before, during, and after school. Access to the presentations and audio can be found at: http://iom.edu/Activities/Nutrition/PhysActivityPhysEdu/2012-SEP-20.aspx
CDC Releases New Tools to Improve Community Health Through Parks and Trails
To encourage outdoor activity today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a parks and trails toolkit that will help communities create parks with expanded health benefits. In addition to Olmsted’s observations, access to parks can help kids get the 60 minutes of aerobic physical activity each day recommended to maintain good health. According to the 2014 CDC State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, less than 30 percent of youth (grades 9-12) in the United States get this recommended amount of aerobic physical activity. Additionally, more than 25 percent of adults report no leisure-time physical activity. Being physically active is one of the most important steps Americans of all ages can take to improve their health.
The toolkit includes:
· Resources that provide data about health issues in an area, for example, childhood obesity rates, mortality rates, or percent of low birth weight babies
· Recommendations from existing HIAs, including ways to improve access by evaluating park entry points and support physical activity that can help improve cardiovascular health
· Citations that support the recommendations
For more information, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/pressroom/2014/november_12_2014.html