Communities across the nation are doing more to ensure that streets, sidewalks, schools, and parks support walking, biking, and playing. A new infographic from Active Living Research (ALR) highlights several studies that evaluated changes in physical activity after the implementation of built environment and programmatic modifications in different cities. For example, children are more likely to walk or bike to school when there are quality streets and crosswalks, and programs that promote safety; existence of bike lanes is related to higher rates of cycling; and the presence of recreational facilities close to home encourages more physical activity. Continue reading
Active Living Research (ALR) invites abstracts to be considered for presentation at the 2014 Annual Conference on March 9-12 in San Diego, Calif. The theme of the 2014 conference, “Niche to Norm,” recognizes the importance of advancing active living from an emerging research field with limited results and impact to well-accepted findings that regularly guide decision-making across sectors to create more active communities. Continue reading
A new infographic by Active Living Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), shows the estimated amount of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, in minutes, that children could get from several distinct school and community policy changes. A combination of these can help kids meet the national recommendation of daily physical activity. Continue reading
Active Living Research (ALR), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has recently published three new research briefs that summarize the findings from research that focuses on children and physical activity.
The research briefs include:
- Reaching the Goal of 60 Minutes of Physical Activity for Children: This brief highlights a study that looked at specific ways that schools and communities can help children achieve the daily recommended dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
- State Laws on School Physical Activity Lack Monitoring and Funding: This brief reports on findings from an assessment of physical education laws across the nation, showing that without adequate monitoring and reporting, the laws are likely to be ineffective.
- Do Short Physical Activity Breaks in Classrooms Work? : This brief summarizes the research on how programs that provide classroom physical activity breaks impact physical activity, academic performance, health and related factors in children. The focus is on activity breaks held in the classroom and it does not include physical education or recess.
To learn more about the latest promising approaches for preventing obesity, increasing children’s physical activity levels, and improving overall health, please visit ALR’s website.
Interested investigators, advocates, practitioners, policy makers, and other stakeholders can now register for the 2013 Active Living Research (ALR) conference. The ALR conference provides participants with the opportunity to hear the latest evidence on policy and environmental strategies to increase physical activity. The conference will be held Feb. 26-28, 2013, at the Paradise Point Hotel in San Diego. Interested parties should register before Jan. 15 to receive a discounted rate. Continue reading
Nearly one in three young people in the United States are overweight or obese and lack of physical activity contributes to the epidemic.
Leading public health officials recognize after-school programs as an important setting for promoting physical activity and preventing obesity. In recent years, 14 states have adopted policies and national standards have been developed to help increase the amount of physical activity children accumulate while attending after-school programs, but many of this standards and policies lack clearly defined benchmarks. Continue reading
The chief aim of Active Living Research (ALR) is to increase knowledge about active living by supporting research to identify environmental factors and policies that can increase physical activity and prevent childhood obesity, particularly among children in low-income and racial or ethnic minority communities. Continue reading