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Supporting public health priorities: recommendations for physical education and physical activity promotion in schools

Citation

Hills, AP and Dengel, DR and Lubans, DR, Supporting public health priorities: recommendations for physical education and physical activity promotion in schools, Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, 57, (4) pp. 368-74. ISSN 0033-0620 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2014 Published by Elsevier

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.pcad.2014.09.010

Abstract

Physical activity (PA) provides numerous physiological and psychosocial benefits. However, lifestyle changes, including reduced PA opportunities in multiple settings, have resulted in an escalation of overweight and obesity and related health problems. Poor physical and mental health, including metabolic and cardiovascular problems is seen in progressively younger ages, and the systematic decline in school PA has contributed to this trend. Of note, the crowded school curriculum with an intense focus on academic achievement, lack of school leadership support, funding and resources, plus poor quality teaching are barriers to PA promotion in schools. The school setting and physical educators in particular, must embrace their role in public health by adopting a comprehensive school PA program. We provide an overview of key issues and challenges in the area plus best bets and recommendations for physical education and PA promotion in the school system moving forward.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:CRF; CSPAP; CVD; HOPE; MVPA; NASPE; National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE); PA; PE; Physical activity; Physical education; SCORES; Schools; Supporting Children's Outcomes using Rewards, Exercise and Skills; US; United States; V
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Community Child Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Child Health
Author:Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)
ID Code:109148
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:52
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-05-27
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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