By: Harold W. Kohl, III, Ph.D., PCFSN Science Board Member
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a report entitled “Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School.” With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the report committee was tasked with: 1) assessing the status of physical activity and physical education in schools; 2) reviewing the science behind the effects of physical activity on health, development and academic performance in youth; and 3) making recommendations appropriate with the scientific evidence.
By: Michelle Kwan, Member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition
By: J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health
Fifty years ago this year, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial about the truths deeply rooted in our country’s creed: freedom, equality, and opportunity. “Now,” he declared, “is the time to make real the promises of democracy.” Dr. King’s words lifted the crowd and electrified the nation – and today, we carry on the work of realizing his dream.
By: Karin Allor Pfeiffer, Ph.D., FACSM, Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and faculty in the Center for Physical Activity and Health at Michigan State University, Member of the PCFSN Science Board, and Subcommittee Member of the Physical Activity Guidelines Midcourse Report
In 2008, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the first-ever Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG), which describes the amount and types of physical activity Americans need for overall health and well-being. To mark the fifth anniversary of the PAG, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition convened a subcommittee of experts to conduct a mid-term review of effective interventions that promote physical activity opportunities for youth ages 3-17.
By: Dominique Dawes, Co-Chair of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
When I think back to my childhood years, I’m reminded of how fortunate I am to have grown up in a community that placed such a great emphasis on engaging in regular physical activity. I didn’t know it at the time, but when I was tumbling at the age of 6, I was doing more than just having a good time – I was also creating healthy habits that will benefit my health and well-being for a lifetime.