Module 3

“Promoting health enhancing physical activity among children and youth”

The issue

Physical inactivity among children and youth is a real and growing health problem. Various methods and interventions have been proven effective in relation to promoting physical activity and/or prevent inactivity in relation to the youngest members of society. Physical inactivity in children and youth is a damaging health behaviour that can be dealt with. The ideal is to give all citizens – among these children and young people – equal opportunity and conditions to influence the factors that determine their health and well-being.

Although there are increasing calls across policy areas for interventions to help protect public health and promote positive health behaviours in relation to, for instance, physical activity, there is not a strong history of collaboration between key stakeholders.