Dr. Felipe Lobelo, associate professor at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, was the lead author on a recent American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Report on physical activity, which provides guidance to pediatricians for physically assessing and counseling patients and their families to encourage increased physical activity among children in the United States.
According to results from the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, overall youth physical levels have decreased. While approximately one-fourth of children meet physical activity guidelines, less than half of those children and eight percent of adolescents meet the suggested 60 minutes of daily moderate to vigorous physical activity. Given pediatricians’ role in providing care for youth populations, they are an ideal partner in guiding patients and their families toward improved health through physical activity.
The report provides background data and research supporting the importance of physical activity to children’s mental, cardiovascular, social, and physical health and development. The document goes on to provide detailed recommendations for providers.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on March 20