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New Resources Coming: US Report Card on Physical Activity for Children, Youth

At a Congressional Briefing in April, the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP), in collaboration with ACSM, released the groundbreaking 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. The National Physical Activity Plan focuses on tactics and strategies for addressing physical activity. The report card is the first in an historic series of report cards that will provide an unprecedented benchmark using a common methodology on this critical public health issue.

The report card's findings served as a wake-up call and prompted coverage by the news media, including this Washington Post article. As the report card outcomes reverberate around the country, two new educational resources are being developed and will be available over the next two months. In early August, a video will be distributed that summarizes the report card's outcomes and subsequent call to action. The video features Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk, chair of the U.S. Report Card Research Advisory Committee and associate executive director at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University, and Dr. Russell Pate, chairman of the NPAP Alliance and professor at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.

In early fall, a webinar will be available that provides an in-depth discussion of the report card findings, including a question and answer session with Doctors Katsmarzyk and Pate.

Be watching future issues of SMB for more information about the video and webinar. more

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