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#ISBNPA2019, Esther van Sluijs, Where next for physical activity promotion in young people?

30 June 2019

Chair: Philip Morgan

 

Abstract: 

Regular physical activity is important for young people’s current and future health, well-being, and academic performance. Evidence consistently shows that young people’s levels of physical activity are insufficient for optimal health. Globally, the vast majority of children do not meet the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) each day, and physical activity declines during childhood and adolescence and into adulthood. Identifying ways to promote and maintain active living in young people is therefore a critical public health issue, but intervention efforts to date generally show limited impact.

 

 

 In this talk, I will review the most recent intervention evidence of school-based physical activity interventions, explore our understanding of the reasons for the limited impact (including implementation issues), and discuss future directions for young people’s physical activity promotion.