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Dec 16, 2013 10:58 AM

Research Attitudes shift from Benefits of Activity to Motivation Tactics

Numerous studies havebeen released in the past few years regarding the physical fitness of ouryouthful population, particularly as the rate of obesity has risen.  Because of this, researchers have narrowedtheir focus and come up with a list of the most important priorities forresearch into the benefits of physical activity in the younger population.


The CDC and otherorganizations have all cited regular activity in young people as a step toreduce the risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, and diabetes,but still it’s been determined that only 29 percent of the younger populationfollows the recommended guidelines for activity.


Therefore, researchershave begun to shift their priorities from looking into the benefits of activityto looking at how to motivate the population to engage in activity.  The top three priorities identified at asummit on the topic included:

  • Looking at how to motivate long-termphysical activity habits in children and the younger population
  • Examining how policies orenvironmental changes can influence levels of activity
  • Longitudinal studies on theindependent effects of physical activity vs sedentary behavior on health frombirth to middle age development.


By looking into thesefactors, researchers can produce better quality studies that could potentiallylead to changes in policies regarding activity in youth and how to encouragethat population sector into action. 


The panel also addsthat it hopes identifying these priorities will not only produce significantresults on how studies and health officials can encourage the youth, but willreduce spending on “over-researched” topics in lieu of providing more valuableevidence for the scientific community as a whole.




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