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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Physical Activity: Family-Based Interventions

Description of Resource: 
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends family-based interventions to increase physical activity among children. Family-based interventions combine activities to build family support with health education to increase physical activity among children. Interventions include 1 or more of the following: goal-setting tools and skills to monitor progress, such as a website to enter information; reinforcement of positive health behaviors, such as reward charts or role modeling of physical activity by parents or instructors; and organized physical activity sessions, such as instructor-led opportunities for active games. Interventions also may provide information about other lifestyle behaviors, such as choosing healthier foods or reducing screen time.

Evidence-Based Resource Details

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Developed By: 
Community Preventive Services Task Force
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Heart Disease and Stroke
Physical Activity
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Community Preventive Services Task Force. Physical Activity: Family-Based Interventions [Internet]. 2016 Oct [cited 2017 Aug 23]. Available from: