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Physical Activity/State

Increased Access to Safe and Attractive Places for Physical Activity​

Action steps to increased access to safe and attractive places for physical activity in the state include:
  1. Provide funding to state schools to fund additional recreational facilities.

    States can provide additional funding to ensure that schools have adequate facilities to allow students to participate in both intramural and interscholastic sports and other after school recreational activities.


    Recommended by:

    For more information: National Recreation and Parks Association

    Pediatricians are reminded that all state advocacy efforts should be coordinated with state AAP chapters. To connect with your state AAP chapter, please visit: http://www.aap​.org/member/chapters/chaplist.cfm

  2. Implement a Safe Routes to School program, which improves access to safe bike and walking paths to school.

    Federal legislation allocated money to states to fund Safe Routes to Schools programs that build additional sidewalks, create bike lanes and bike paths, fund crossing guards, and decrease speed limits in school zones to encourage children to walk and bike to school. States can provide additional funding and support for these programs to encourage children to walk/bike to school.

    Recommended by:

    For more information: National Center for Safe Routes to Schools

    Pediatricians are reminded that all state advocacy efforts should be coordinated with state AAP chapters. To connect with your state AAP chapter, please visit: http://www.aap​.org/member/chapters/chaplist.cfm

  3. Provide additional funding for parks, playgrounds, green space, and walking and bike trails. States can encourage physical activity in children by funding additional parks, playgrounds, greens space, and walking trail,s particularly in low-income urban areas and rural areas which have limited access to outside recreational facilities.

    Recommended by:


    For more information:
    National Recreation and Parks Association

    Pediatricians are reminded that all state advocacy efforts should be coordinated with state AAP chapters. To connect with your state AAP chapter, please visit: http://www.aap​.org/member/chapters/chaplist.cfm


  4. Institute neighborhood school programs which prioritize placement of a student near walking distance of their homes.
    States can enact legislation that would require localities to place newly constructed schools areas that are optimal to ensuring that students have the ability to walk or bike to school.

    Recommended by:

    For more information: Safe Routes to School Partnerhip

    Pediatricians are reminded that all state advocacy efforts should be coordinated with state AAP chapters. To connect with your state AAP chapter, please visit: http://www.aap​.org/member/chapters/chaplist.cfm


Increase Physical Activity

Action steps to increase physical activity in the state include:

  1. Require that all schools offer 1 hour of quality, daily physical education in schools.
    States can ensure that schools prioritize physical activity in the school day by mandating that all students receive at least 1 hour of quality, physical education every day.

  2. Recommended by:

    For more information: American Heart Association

    Pediatricians are reminded that all state advocacy efforts should be coordinated with state AAP chapters. To connect with your state AAP chapter, please visit: http://www.aap​.org/member/chapters/chaplist.cfm

  3. Implement tax policy to make health club fees/recreational program fees tax deductible from state income tax.
    Implementing a tax policy that allows parents to deduct health club and recreational program fees from state income tax through annual tax filing or employer-based flexible spending account programs can encourage increased physical activity.

    Recommended by:

    For more information: International Health, Racquet, and Sports Club Association

    Pediatricians are reminded that all state advocacy efforts should be coordinated with state AAP chapters. To connect with your state AAP chapter, please visit: http://www.aap​.org/member/chapters/chaplist.cfm

  4. Institute public campaign to encourage parents to make sure their children are getting the needed amounts of daily physical activity.
    A statewide media campaign aimed at increasing physical activity among children can encourage parents to ensure that their children are getting the necessary physical activity.

    Recommended by:

    For more information: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) "Promoting Active Living: A Guide to Marketing and Communication"

    Pediatricians are reminded that all state advocacy efforts should be coordinated with state AAP chapters. To connect with your state AAP chapter, please visit: http://www.aap​.org/member/chapters/chaplist.cfm