Active Youth: Ideas for Implementing CDC Physical Activity Promotion Guidelines

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Human Kinetics, 1998 - Education - 156 pages
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This essential reference provides you with real-life examples of how the "Guidelines for School and Community Programs to Promote Lifelong Physical Activity Among Young People," developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), can be implemented in a wide variety of settings, from schools to hospitals to YMCAs. It also gives you an easy-to-understand summary of these guidelines.

The CDC developed the guidelines by reviewing published research, considering the recommendations in national policy documents, convening experts in physical activity, and consulting with 38 national, federal, and voluntary agencies and organizations. The result is a document that makes a clear and convincing case for the need to promote physical activity among young people. The information is presented as 10 broad recommendations for schools and community programs, each followed by a more detailed description.

To bring the recommendations to life, the book includes 20 examples-or "success stories"-from around the United States of effective programs that address the CDC's guidelines. These examples provide many ideas that you can put to use in your own school or community. Each success story includes

- a contact name, address, and phone number;
- program objectives;
- a brief description of the program; and
- background information on the population and community involved.

You'll learn how each program began, how it was developed, how roadblocks were overcome, and how successes were achieved. Cross-references to the guidelines make it easy for you to determine which recommendations are being followed in each program.


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Success Stories
Clovis High School Program
Changing Class Size Policy in Tennessee
Lincoln County Schools Program
Forest High Campus SELF Center
Arizona State UniversityMesa Elementary School
The PATH Program
Bloomsburg Area School District Program
Cabell Midland High School Program
Mitchell High School Adventure Education Program
Madison Junior High School Program
Childrens Hospital of Illinois
Family Fitness Program

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and health education activities designed to improve the health of people in the United States. To accomplish its mission, the CDC

-identifies and defines preventable health problems;

-maintains active surveillance of diseases through epidemiologic and laboratory investigations and data collection, analysis, and distribution;

-serves as the Public Health Service lead agency in developing and implementing operational programs relating to environmental health problems;

-conducts operational research aimed at developing and testing effective disease prevention, control, and health promotion programs;

-administers a national program to develop recommended occupational safety and health standards and to conduct research, training, and technical assistance to assure safe and healthful working conditions for every working person;

-develops and implements a program to sustain a strong national workforce in disease prevention and control; and

-conducts a national program for improving the performance of clinical laboratories.

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