Adolescent Health Brief: Nutrition and Physical Activity
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Childhood and adolescence are critical times in the development of lifelong healthy eating and exercise habits. Adolescent nutrition and physical activity are important for the development of bone density, the prevention of obesity and chronic diseases, and overall quality of life. In addition, physical activity can improve academic achievement by enhancing concentrationii and by helping students be more attentive.
This policy brief is designed to help policy makers, service providers, and communities implement comprehensive, youth-friendly nutrition and physical activity programs. Get started today.
The report includes:
- An overview of the challenges currently facing adolescents that contribute to obesity, such poor diet and limited access to healthy food, and physical inactivity.
- Action steps that families, schools, and communities can take to improve nutrition and physical activity.
About the brief
This brief was created in collaboration between PHI's California Adolescent Health Collaborative, the National Adolescent Health Information Center, University of California, San Francisco’s Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and the Institute for Health Policy Studies.