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Physical Activity Guidelines for the Pediatric Population: A Review
Author: Thomas Munro, MD | Pediatric Resident
Column Editor: Angela Myers, MD, MPH | Director, Division of Infectious Diseases | Professor of Pediatrics, UMKC School of Medicine | Medical Editor, The Link Newsletter
In 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) updated its 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines.1 Two years later, in March of 2020, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness (COSMF) released its Clinical Report providing a pediatric lens focusing on these 2018 guidelines, affirming and expanding upon their recommendations.2 Coincidentally, the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic that same month. The United States began shutting down portions of the nation, clearly impacting people’s ability to stay active.3 As we continue to provide care through the era of COVID-19, it is important to reemphasize the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines to best support the health of our pediatric population in the safest way possible.