Tuesday, May 4, 2010

National Physical Activity Plan released

On Monday the National Physical Activity Plan was released. The plan was developed by several public and private groups including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.

From the USA Today article "National Physical Activity Plan aims to get Americans moving":
One day, most kids may jump on their bikes and ride to school.

While they're there, they'll be playing active games in high-caliber physical education classes and doing lots of fun recreational activities before and after school.

Adults should be able to walk, bike or jog to work, the grocery store or a local park or community recreation center, where they will be able play golf or tennis or take exercise classes.

And doctors may talk to their patients about an important new "vital sign" - their physical activity level.
Recommendations are listed for eight societal sectors including Transportation, Land Use, and Community Design:
Transportation systems, development patterns, and community design and planning decisions all can have profound effects on physical activity. People can lead healthier, more active lives if our communities are built to facilitate safe walking and biking and the use of public transportation, all considered forms of active transportation.

In 2001, the average American spent 64 minutes per day in a vehicle. Almost three quarters of Americans feel they currently have no choice but to drive as much as we do. Providing more transportation options can help us achieve our recommended levels of physical activity, while lowering pollution rates and increasing access to essential destinations like grocery stores, schools, jobs and health care services.



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