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Heather Hayes Betz, Joey C. Eisenmann, Kelly R. Laurson, Katrina D. DuBose, Mathew J. Reeves, Joseph J. Carlson and Karin A. Pfeiffer

, 26 ) and between body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure ( 2 , 28 , 49 ). Physical activity, a cornerstone in the prevention and treatment of obesity and cardiovascular disease, has been shown to be inversely related to fatness in both children and adults ( 16 ), but the relationship between

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Morgan N. Clennin and Russell R. Pate

Much is known about the individual-level characteristics (eg, genetics, age, and sex) and behaviors (eg, physical activity) that influence cardiorespiratory fitness in youth. 3 , 9 However, little is known about factors at the community level or neighborhood level that may influence youth fitness

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Frances Bevington, Katrina L. Piercy, Kate Olscamp, Sandra W. Hilfiker, Dena G. Fisher and Elizabeth Y. Barnett

Physical activity has been described as a wonder drug—a low-cost, accessible solution with the ability to impact many chronic health conditions and health outcomes. Regular physical activity influences all-cause mortality, brain health, risk of falls, bone health, weight status, and conditions such

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Maureen R. Weiss

I have always taken a developmental perspective in my scholarly work on youth motivation and physical activity, so I am pleased with the opportunity to highlight the benefits of integrating knowledge from motor development and sport psychology. Integrating theories and research can lead to a fuller

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Gregory W. Heath and John Bilderback

Recent evidence suggests that policies and environmental approaches that support urban design and land use at the community and street/neighborhood level contributes to physical activity and active living among residents of communities. 1 , 2 However, there is a paucity of studies examining

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Tyler Prochnow, Thabo J. van Woudenberg and Megan S. Patterson

Physical activity (PA) has been linked to many positive health outcomes (eg, disease prevention, improved mental health) and is critical in physical and social development throughout childhood and adolescence. 1 The World Health Organization recommends adolescents attain at least 60 minutes of

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Matthew Nagy, Molly O’Sullivan, Shannon Block and Rebecca E. Hasson

Feeling tired after exercise is a significant barrier to children engaging in physical activity. In a sample of 74 children, Burrows et al 1 observed that a lack of energy following exercise was one of the most frequently reported factors preventing participation in regular physical activity

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Bethany Alice Jones, Emma Haycraft, Walter Pierre Bouman and Jon Arcelus

Physical activity is defined as any activity (eg, while working, playing, carrying out household chores, and recreational pursuits) that involves muscular–skeletal movement and energy expenditure. 1 In 2010, 23% of adults around the world were not active enough, 1 highlighting that inactivity

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T. Nicole Kirk and Justin A. Haegele

The health-related benefits of physical activity have been well-documented. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( 2014 ) has recognized the role of regular physical activity participation in the prevention of lifestyle-related conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and

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Matthew Jenkins, Elaine A. Hargreaves and Ken Hodge

Globally, many individuals fail to maintain physical activity (PA), and this is recognized as negatively contributing to public health ( World Health Organization, 2018 ). Therefore, investigating factors that support PA maintenance is an important endeavour ( Anderson, Mota, & Pietro, 2016 ). The