Exercise—promoting healthy lifestyles in children and adolescents

Trost, Stewart G. & Loprinzi, Paul D. (2008) Exercise—promoting healthy lifestyles in children and adolescents. Journal of Clinical Lipidology, 2(3), pp. 162-168.

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Regular physical activity is an important component of a healthy lifestyle in children and adolescents. However, despite the noted short- and long-term health benefits associated with physical activity, monitoring and surveillance studies show that a significant percentage of children and adolescents fail to meet the recommended guideline of 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. This review examines key evidence from the public health and health promotion literature on promotion of health-enhancing physical activity in children and adolescents. We describe best practice in three key behavior settings—schools, homes, and health care settings. In school-based settings, it has been shown that physical education programs can be modified to increase the percentage of class time engaged in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. In the home setting, there is evidence that teaching parents to establish and monitor physical activity goals and provide appropriate rewards for meeting these goals results in gains in physical activity and/or physical fitness. In health care settings, evidence from two studies suggests that physician-based counseling coupled with stage appropriate written materials can be effective among adolescent youth.

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ID Code: 72255
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Intervention, Physical actitvity, Youth
DOI: 10.1016/j.jacl.2008.03.001
ISSN: 1933-2874
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 29 May 2014 23:18
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2014 05:36

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