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GREGORY J. WELK, JOEY C. EISENMANN & JAMES DOLLMAN

In: Handbook of Physical Education

Chapter 37: Health-Related Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents: A Bio-Behavioral Perspective

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Health-Related Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents: A Bio-Behavioral Perspective
Health-related physical activity in children and adolescents: A bio-behavioral perspective
Introduction

The health and emotional benefits from regular physical activity have been confirmed in the scientific literature and the majority of the population acknowledges the importance of being physically active. Unfortunately, most people still find it difficult to maintain regular patterns of physical activity. Promoting physical activity in all age groups is a critical public health priority but there has been an increased emphasis placed on understanding and promoting physical activity in youth. Part of the concern stems from the well-documented increase in the prevalence of obesity in youth over the past few decades (Ogden et al., 2002). Patterns are evident in all age groups and in ...

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