Get 60 Minutes Did you know that less than half of youth get the recommended 60 minutes of daily vigorous to moderate-level physical activity? A new interactive infographic from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) shows how students can meet those requirements, based on recommendations from the 2013 IOM report Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School. Check out the website at www.iom.edu/get60minutes.
The IOM report says that even with busy schedules, youth can get 60 minutes of physical activity per day through taking advantage of active transport to and from school, classroom activity time, recess, physical education class, after-school programs, and intra and extramural sports. Share this link and help spread the word about this important topic. For more information and other resources from the report—including an animated video, myths and realities sheet, and action guide—visit www.iom.edu/studentbody.
Public Health Takes on Obesity: A Route to Better Health Obesity is a serious and costly health problem facing our nation. The number of kids and teens who are obese has nearly tripled in the past three decades, leading to a generation at risk for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and other serious health problems. However, there is hope. For the first time in recent years, obesity rates have declined. Innovative public health approaches and partnerships are contributing to improved food choices and creating opportunities for physical activity, helping to curb obesity. We must continue to fund public health programs to ensure healthy futures for all of our nation’s children.
Below is a sneak peek of APHA’s full infographic dedicated to public health taking on obesity. Share this infographic widely and use it as an example when talking to your members of Congress and other policymakers about the importance of strong public health funding.