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Webinar on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 : How State Health Agencies Can Support the Physical Activity Guidelines through School-Based Strategies, Initiatives and Programming

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Featured speakers
 

 

Kathleen Janz, EdD

Professor

Department of Health and Human Physiology

Department of Epidemiology University of Iowa

PAG Midcourse Report Subcommittee Member

  

Tiereny Lloyd, MPH

Director

Let’s Move! Active Schools American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Brenda Fitzgerald, MD

Commissioner and State Health Official

Georgia Department of Public Health

  

Elizabeth Walker Romero, MS

Senior Director, Health Improvement

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials   

 

 

 

 

 

 

How State Health Agencies Can Support the

Physical Activity Guidelines through

School-Based Strategies, Initiatives,

and Programming

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Click to Register

 

In March 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition released the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth. The report summarizes intervention strategies that can increase physical activity in youth ages 3-17 years across a variety of settings, including school, preschool and childcare, community, family and home, and primary health care.  With school-age youth spending, on average, up to seven hours of their day in the school environment, schools are an ideal setting in which to target a large portion of youth to increase daily physical activity. State health officials play an important role in promoting physical activity in this setting as they can use their leadership to engage other agencies, key stakeholders, and partners within the state to support policy and program changes for physical education, recess, classroom-based physical activity, and out-of-school activities. A report from the CDC highlights additional benefits, beyond physical health, of school-based physical activity, including: improved academic achievement, classroom behavior, cognitive skills, and attitudes.

 This webinar will provide an overview of the evidence-based programs and intervention strategies that have been shown to be effective in the school environment, share examples and resources for creating school-wide change from Let’s Move! Active Schools, and highlight the Georgia SHAPE initiative, a comprehensive, statewide childhood obesity prevention effort dedicated to improving the health of young people. In addition, the webinar will briefly introduce new voluntary guidance for incorporating health criteria into school curriculum.

 

Visit ASTHO’s website to view the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Webinar Series archive and other resources.