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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 a 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 Peter T. Katzmarzyk, Ph.D., FACSM, 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 Russell R. Pate, Ph.D., FACSM, chairman of the NPAP Alliance and professor at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.

A free webinar will be held September 10 to discuss the implications of the PA Report Card, including a question and answer session with Drs. Katzmarzyk and Pate. Check next week's issue of SMB for more information. more

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