This week at the Partnership for a Healthier America summit in Washington, DC, the US Department of Health and Human Services rolls out its Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth. The report is relevant for pediatricians because it highlights interventions that can be used to increase physical activity in children and adolescents aged 3 to 17 years. However, one finding may surprise pediatricians: there is not enough evidence to confidently recommend specific strategies for implementation in primary care settings.
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