A Message from the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) is pleased to recognize Bright Futures in Practice: Physical Activity for its role in promoting physical activity and healthy behaviors for our nation's infants, children, and adolescents. The PCPFS has worked hard over the years to improve the fitness of children and adolescents throughout the United States, and we believe that this guide will help many children and adolescents lead more active and healthy lives.
With obesity in our nation reaching near epidemic proportions, it is particularly important that we stress the significant role physical activity plays in promoting and maintaining health. If we can instill this critical message in children and adolescents while they are young, while at the same time making physical activity enjoyable for them, it will help them develop a lifelong appreciation for the benefits of physical activity. Bright Futures in Practice: Physical Activity is a stepping stone toward reaching this goal.
Publications such as Bright Futures in Practice: Physical Activity are key to effectively helping children and adolescents develop not only their bodies but also their self-discipline and self-esteem through participation in physical activity. The PCPFS appreciates the time and effort that has gone into developing this guide. We know it will benefit countless individuals in the months and years to come.