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July 2013

The Role of Pediatricians in Increasing Physical Activity in Youth

Author Affiliations
  • 1Departments of Health and Human Physiology and Epidemiology, University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • 2Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, US Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Maryland
  • 3Department of Exercise Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia
JAMA Pediatr. 2013;167(7):595-596. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.2144

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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