Report | July 27, 2013

How to Improve Fitness and Health in American Kids

Too many children in the US are overweight and out of shape. Here’s a new game plan for tackling childhood obesity

Childhood obesity in America has tripled in one generation. Inactivity is now the fourth leading cause of death worldwide—on par with smoking. Recent research shows that inactivity is killing more than one in 10 Americans.

Healthy habits start in childhood. For American children, moderate to vigorous physical activity drops by 75 percent between ages 9 and 15.

This report, called A New Game Plan for America, calls for improving fitness and health in American children. This plan starts by getting parents involved, as well as encouraging our country’s leaders to offer kids better school nutrition and get physical education (PE) back in schools.