The importance of promoting activity in young people cannot be overstated.
It is a public health priority. And yet a new study reports that school-based physical activity programmes are ineffective at improving the activity levels of young people.
The review found that in 17 international studies of a variety of school-based physical activity interventions, there was little or no change in the amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) the young people did throughout the day.
This finding paints a dire picture of current efforts to get children moving, and suggests that we are failing to address a very serious issue. But it can’t be used to say that all projects aimed at getting children moving don’t work. Finding a solution requires some creative thinking – one scheme will definitely not fit all.