Physical Activity, Health and Children

Latest UK Activity Guidelines (Jul, 2011)
Start Active, Stay Active: A report on physical activity for health from the four home countries’ Chief Medical Officers [full text][BHFNC website]

Activity Sessions for Children

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Further Reading

Andersen LB, Harro M, Sardinha LB, et al. (2006) Physical activity and clustered cardiovascular risk in children: a cross-sectional study (The European Youth Heart Study). Lancet;368:299–304.[full text]


Alexander L.M., Inchley J., Todd J., et al. (2005) The broader impact of walking to school among adolescents: seven day accelerometry based study. BMJ.;331:1061–1062. [full text]


Armstrong, N. (2007) Paediatric Exercise Physiology. Oxford; Elsevier [google books]


Armstrong, N. & McManus,A.M. (eds) (2011) The elite young athlete. Med Sport Sci. Basel: Karger [google books]


Atlantis,E. Barnes,E.H. and Singh, M.A.F.(2006) Efficacy of exercise for treating overweight in children and adolescents: a systematic review International Journal of Obesity 30, 1027–1040 [full text]


Bar-Or, O. and Rowland, T.W. (2004) Pediatric Exercise Medicine. Champaign,IL: Human Kinetics [google books]


Bouchard, C., Blair, S.N., Haskell, W.L. (eds) (2007) Physical Activity and Health. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics [google books][2nd Ed google books]

British Heart Foundation (2009) Couch Kids: the nation's future [full text]


Cale, L. and Harris, J. (2009) Fitness Testing in Physical Education--A Misdirected Effort in Promoting Healthy Lifestyles and Physical Activity? Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy 14(1)89-108 [abstract]


Department of Health (2004) At least five a week: Evidence on the impact of physical activity and its relationship to health. HMSO. London. [full text]
Dugdill, L., Crone, D. and Murphy, R. (Ed.) (2009) Physical activity & health promotion: evidence-based approaches to practice. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell [google books]
Eisenmann, J.C. and Wickel, E.E. (2009) The Biological Basis of Physical Activity in Children: Revisited Pediatric Exercise Science, 21, 257-272 [full text]


Faigenbaum, A.D., Kraemer, W.J., Blimkie, C.J.R., Jeffreys, I., Micheli, L.J., Nitka, M., and Rowland, T.W. (2009) Youth resistance training: Updated position statement paper from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. J Strength Cond Res Vol. 23, No. 4, 1-20 [full text]


Fernhall B, Agiovlasitis S. (2008) Arterial function in youth: window into cardiovascular risk. J Appl Physiol 105:325-333 [full text]


Hancox, R., Milne, B., & Poulton, R. (2004). Association between child and adolescent television viewing and adult health: a longitudinal birth cohort study. Lancet, 364(9430), 257-262. [full text]


Hardman, A.E. and Stensel, D.J.(2009) Physical Activity and Health: The evidence explained. (2nd Ed) Oxon, Routledge [companion website][google books]


Hills, A.P., King, N.A. & Byrne, N.M. (eds)(2007) Children, obesity and exercise: a practical approach to prevention, treatment, and management of childhood and adolescent obesity. Oxon: Routledge [google books]


Janssen,I. (2007) Physical activity guidelines for children and youth Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. 32: S109–S121 [full text]


Jurimae,T., Armstonrg,N., Jurimae,J. (2008) Children and exercise XXIV: the proceedings of the 24th Pediatric Work Physiology Meeting. Oxon: Routledge [google books]


Mallam, K.M., Metcalf, B.S., Kirkby, J.,Voss, L.D, Wilkins, T.J.(2003) Contribution of timetabled physical education to total physical activity in primary school children: cross sectional study BMJ;327:592–3 [full text]


The NHS Information Centre (2010) Health Survey for England-2009 [full text]

Pierce, K.C., Brewer, C., Ramsey, M.W., Byrd, R., Sands, W.A., Stone, M.E. and Stone, M.H. (2008) Youth Resistance Training. UKSCA Journal, 9-23. Full text Available from:


Riddoch et al (2007) Objective measurement of levels and patterns of physical activity Arch Dis Child 2007;92:963-969 [full text]

Tomkinson, G.R. and Olds, T.S.(2007) Pediatric Fitness:Secular Trends and geographic variability. Switzerland; Karger [google books]

Welk GJ, Corbin CB, Dale D.(2000) Measurement issues in the assessment of physical activity in children. Res Q Exerc Sport. Jun;71(2 Suppl):S59-73.[abstract]


Further Links

BHF National Centre for Physical Activity & Health - Click here for Young People
BHF National Centre for Physical Activity & Health - Click here for Early Years - A US national program that supports research into how environments and policies influence active living for children and their families.
Prof Terry Wilkins work with the Earlybird cohort in Plymouth -
We Can! - is a US National childhood obesity prevention programme.(Click here for link)
Healthy School Toolkit from The Dept for Education
MovingSmart - a blog on childrens and play