In the United States, a mere 21.6 percent of children and adolescents (ages 6 to 19) get the recommended amount of physical activity each day. This is an alarmingly low rate, given that regular physical activity has been shown to help children grow into healthy adults. It can improve cardiorespiratory fitness, build strong bones and muscles, control weight, and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and--equally important--lower the risk of developing serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer later in life. This panel will explore the ways physical activity can become an intrinsic part of childhood.
• What efforts are being made to encourage children to move more as part of their lifestyle?
• How can children learn to make physical activity a habit for life?
• What are the challenges that keep children from being active and what can be done to overcome them?
President and Deputy Commissioner, Major League Soccer
Dean and M. David Low Chair of Public Health, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health
Bruce Y. Lee
Executive Director, Global Obesity Prevention Center, Johns Hopkins University
Senior Director of Social Responsibility, Reebok; Founder and Executive Director, BOKS