Teaching about active lifestyles

Authored by: Lorraine Cale

Routledge Handbook of Physical Education Pedagogies

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138820999
eBook ISBN: 9781315743561
Adobe ISBN: 9781317589518

10.4324/9781315743561.ch27

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Abstract

The importance of a physically active lifestyle is now well recognised with comprehensive reviews revealing physical activity (PA) in children and young people to have both physical and psychological benefits (e.g. Janssen & LeBlanc, 2010; National Institute for Clinical Excellence [NICE], 2007; Stensel, Gorely & Biddle, 2008; United States Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS], 2008). Despite this, there are ongoing concerns globally over the PA levels of many youngsters. For example, the most recent World Health Organization’s Health-Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Survey reported less than half of young people in almost every country meet current PA recommendations (Currie et al., 2008).

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