By Ken Reed

This past week, the Aspen Institute presented their “Physical Literacy in the United States” strategic plan.

The Aspen Institute defines physical literacy as “the ability, confidence, and desire to be physically active for life.”

The plan targets children and lays out strategies and tactics to reach young people through the various sectors that touch them. Those sectors include community recreation groups, educators, youth sports organizations, health care providers and several others.

Research has consistently shown that physically-active young children have a greater chance of remaining physically active through adolescence and adulthood. Moreover, physically fit children are not only healthier but perform better academically and have fewer emotional and behavioral problems.

The Aspen Institute’s new physical activity plan is a welcome addition to the national discussion on health care costs, physical inactivity, childhood obesity and physical education in our schools.

Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans


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