Physical Actvity Resources

Resources - Physical Activity

Updated June 2010

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State Legislatures Magazine

  • PE Makes a Comeback (December 2007)
     An article from NCS's State Legislatures magazine highlighting the benefits of PE, including physical activity and academic achievement.

  • The P.E. Advantage (February 2006)
    An article from NCSL's State Legislatures magazine looking at state's laws regarding PE.
  • What's for Lunch? When's Recess? (December 2005)
    An article from NCSL's State Legislatures magazine highlighting the measures being taken to reduce overweight and obesity in schools, including state action through legislation.
  • Exercising Choices (July/August 2004)
    An article from NCSL's State Legislatures magazine that discusses the ways in which parents and schools can help children to make healthy active lifestyle choices.



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Other Resources

  • Promoting Healthy Communities and Preventing Childhood Obesity: Trends in Recent Legislation - (2010) This NCSL report documents 2009 legislative actions on nutrition standards and physical education in schools, changes in the built environment that encourage more walking and bicycling, and more.
  • Healthy Community Design: Bringing Physical Activity and Healthy Foods to Communities - (2009) In this NCSL report, discover program and policy options policymakers can use in designing and building more healthy communities that benefit residents' health and well-being.
  • Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the U.S. (2010) - The Shape of the Nation Report provides a current picture of physical education (PE) in the American education system. Incremental improvements have been made in the last few years in the number of states that now require PE (17% increase) and student assessment in PE (26% increase). However, the Report shows that more states now allow waivers and exemptions from PE classes (77% increase) and no progress has been made in providing daily physical education in all grades K-12.
  • State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2010 (May 2010) - The State Indicator Report on Physical Activity 2010 has been published by the CDC. It provides information on physical activity behavior and policy and environmental supports within each state. Physical activity, essential to overall health, can help control weight, reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve mental health.
  • National Physical Activity Plan (May 2010) - The Plan was recently released by the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity. The plan represents the nation’s first comprehensive effort to increase physical activity. Initiated by the CDC and developed by numerous public and private organizations across the country, the plan provides the framework for policy leaders and organizational decision makers to support changes that will improve physical activity and health for all ages and abilities. The plan was released as part of "Moving America Day" at a national event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.


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