On the heels of yesterday’s International Walk to School Day, Prevention Institute’s new brief, Fostering Physical Activity: Opportunities for a Lifetime of Health, provides research about the current state of physical activity in the nation and highlights organizational practices and public policies to improve physical activity among children and youth.
Physical activity is a cornerstone of health and well-being--and new programs, policies and funding across the country are prioritizing physical activity, especially among children. But just being motivated to exercise isn’t enough: having safe, accessible, and fun options for physical activity is essential to ensuring positive health outcomes. Fostering Physical Activity, funded through Convergence Partnership, serves as a launching pad for practitioners and advocates, with recommendations in four key arenas: schools, early childcare and education settings, out-of-school-time programs, and communities.
Addressing the Intersection: Preventing Violence and Promoting Healthy Eating and Active Living
The executive summary of Addressing the Intersection: Preventing Violence and Promoting Healthy Eating and Active Living makes a compelling case for embedding safety strategies into community efforts to promote healthy eating and physical activity.
When people don't feel safe in their communities, they are less likely to use local parks, access public transportation or let their children walk to school or play outside. The Kaiser Permanente-funded report conducted interviews with community advocates as well as strategy sessions with national experts. We invite you to read the executive summary of findings, and find out more about the Convergence Partnership-funded pilots inspired by the brief.