Recommendations for Promoting Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents in Germany. A Consensus Statement

Christine Graf, Ralph Beneke, Wilhelm Bloch, Jens Bucksch, Sigrid Dordel, Stefanie Eiser, Nina Ferrari, Benjamin Koch, Susanne Krug, Wolfgang Lawrenz, Kristin Manz, Roland Naul, Renate Oberhoffer, Eike Quilling, Henry Schulz, Theo Stemper, Günter Stibbe, Walter Tokarski, Klaus Völker, Alexander Woll

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Increasing physical activity and reduction of sedentary behaviour play important roles in health promotion and prevention of lifestyle-related diseases in children and adolescents. However, the question of how much physical activity is useful for which target group is still a matter of debate. International guidelines (World Health Organization; European Association for the Study of Obesity), which are mainly based on expert opinions, recommend 60 min of physical activity every day. Age- and sex-specific features and regional differences are not taken into account. Therefore, expert consensus recommendations for promoting physical activity of children and adolescents in Germany were developed with special respect to national data, but also with respect to aspects of specific target groups, e.g., children with a lower socio-economic status (SES) or with migration background. They propose 90 min/day of physical activity, or at least 12,000 steps daily. Additionally, lifestyle factors, especially restriction of media consumption, were integrated. The recommendations provide orientation for parents and caregivers, for institutions such as schools and kindergartens as well as for communities and stakeholders. © 2014 S. Karger GmbH, Freiburg.

Original languageEnglish
JournalObesity Facts
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)178-190
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 10.05.2014


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