Physical Activity and Children and Adolescents

Knowledge Path



This knowledge path about physical activity and children and adolescents has been compiled by NCEMCH. It offers a selection of current, high-quality resources that analyze data, describe public health campaigns and other promotion programs, and report on research aimed at identifying promising strategies for improving physical activity levels within families, schools and after-school programs, child care and early childhood education settings, and communities. The knowledge path also provides resources about physical activity for children and adolescents with special health care needs. The knowledge path is aimed at health professionals, policymakers, child care providers, and community advocates. Separate briefs present resources for schools and families. The knowledge path will be updated periodically.


See Physical Activity and the Health of Young People, rev. ed. (2015) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This fact sheet highlights the benefits of regular physical activity and the long-term consequences of sedentary behavior for children and adolescents. It also presents participation rates in physical activity and in physical education classes for children and adolescents.


Resources for Professionals


Data and Statistics

Literature and Research Databases Programs Databases

Electronic Newsletters and Online Discussion Groups

Resources for Families

Resources for Schools

Resources for Child Care and Early Education Programs

Resources on Specific Aspects of Physical Activity

Community Design

Special Health Care Needs

Related NCEMCH Resources

Physical Activity and Children and Adolescents: Knowledge Path, 5th ed. (March 2010). (Updated: December 2016).

Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., NCEMCH; Breanne C. Wilhite, B.S.
Reviewers: Olivia K. Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., NCEMCH.