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New early years evidence briefing launched
Historically, little research has been conducted to examine the role of physical activity in promoting well-being in the early years. However, there is now increasing interest in this age group, driven in part by a growing awareness that early life experiences impact upon future health outcomes and the rising prevalence of overweight and obesity in this population.
This evidence briefing focuses specifically on children less than 5 years of age. This important population group has previously been excluded from public health guidelines for physical activity.
In recognition of the emerging evidence supporting the promotion of physical activity in the early years, the 2011 joint Chief Medical Officers’ report 'Start Active, Stay Active' for the first time provides UK-wide guidelines for under 5s.
This evidence briefing is designed for professionals who require a detailed review of the evidence base available for physical activity and the early years.
Information is included on:
- Physical and psychological health outcomes of physical activity
- Factors influencing physical activity
- Current levels of physical activity
- Increasing levels of physical activity
- Measuring physical activity
- Public health guidelines for physical activity
- Implications for practice
- Publication Date:
- 29 Jul 2011