The latest brief from the Convergence Partnership, Fostering Physical Activity: Opportunities for a Lifetime of Health, provides research about the current state of physical activity in the nation and highlights organizational practices and public policies to improve physical activity among children and youth.
Physical activity is a cornerstone of health and well-being—and new programs, policies and funding across the country are prioritizing physical activity, especially among children. But just being motivated to exercise isn't enough: having safe, accessible, and fun options for physical activity is essential to ensuring positive health outcomes. Fostering Physical Activity, funded through the Convergence Partnership, serves as a launching pad for practitioners and advocates, with recommendations in four key arenas: schools, early childcare and education settings, out-of-school-time programs, and communities.
Commissioned by the Convergence Partnership, a national collaborative of health funders in the U.S., the report was informed by research and key informant interviews. Reflecting the Convergence Partnership's vision, the report's analysis of policy opportunities at the federal, state and local level emphasizes ways to ensure that health equity is at the forefront of collaborative efforts.
This document is part of a larger strategy to identify high-impact approaches that will move the Convergence Partnership closer to the vision of healthy people in healthy places. In addition to this document, the Partnership has released other policy briefs on topics such as the built environment and access to healthy food. Visit our Convergence Partnership initiative page, and www.convergencepartnership.org to learn more.