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Raising an Active and Healthy Generation

A Comprehensive Public Health Initiative

Pate, Russell R.; Dowda, Marsha

Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews: January 2019 - Volume 47 - Issue 1 - p 3–14
doi: 10.1249/JES.0000000000000171
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Physical activity (PA) provides important health benefits to youth, but most U.S. children and adolescents fail to meet federal PA guidelines. The purpose of this article is to present a plan for a large-scale public health initiative aimed at producing population-level increases in PA among U.S. youth.

Department of Exercise Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Address for correspondence: Russell R. Pate, Ph.D., Department of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 (E-mail:

Accepted for publication: October 9, 2018.

Editor: Roger M. Enoka, Ph.D.

© 2019 American College of Sports Medicine