Dec 2012

Physical Activity Guidelines for Young ChildrenAn Emerging Consensus

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012;166(12):1095-1096. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2012.1458

In 2008, the first federally approved PhysicalActivity Guidelines for Americans1 were released, and this action clearly demonstrated that promotion of physical activity is becoming a public health priority in the United States. The guidelines provide well-documented recommendations regarding the types and amounts of physical activity needed for health benefits. Separate sets of recommendations were provided for adults, older adults, and children and adolescents. The age range designated for children and adolescents was 6 years to 17 years. Notably, no recommendations were included in the Physical Activity Guidelines for children younger than 6 years.

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