Recommend a Resource
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Below you will find the latest resources, organized by PARC topic area, to help inform your work to make physical activity an everyday experience for all children.
Infant, child, adolescent development (including School settings)
- Armstrong, S, et al. (2018). Association of Physical Activity With Income, Race/Ethnicity, and Sex Among Adolescents and Young Adults in the United States: Findings From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007-2016. JAMA Pediatr, 172(8), 732-740.
- Beets, MW, et al. (2019). The need for synergy between biological and behavioral approaches to address accelerated weight gain during the summer in children. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 16(1), 39.
- Brazendale, K, et al. (2017). Children’s Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity Attending Summer Day Camps. Am J Prev Med, 53(1), 78-84.
- Brazendale, K, et al. (2017). Understanding differences between summer vs. school obesogenic behaviors of children: the structured days hypothesis. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 14(1), 100.
- Brusseau, TA, et al. (2018). Children’s Weight Gain and Cardiovascular Fitness Loss over the Summer. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 15(12).
- Brusseau, TA, et al. (2016). The Effect of a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program on Physical Activity and Health-Related Fitness in Children From Low-Income Families. J Phys Act Health, 13(8), 888-894.
- Cannon, JS, et al. (2018). Investing Early: Taking Stock of Outcomes and Economic Returns from Early Childhood Programs. Rand Health Q, 7(4), 6.
- Curry, WB, et al. (2016). Newham’s Every Child a Sports Person (NECaSP): A Summative Process Evaluation of a School- and Community- Based Intervention in East London, United Kingdom. J Phys Act Health, 13(10), 1124-1131.
- Emm-Collison, LG, et al. (2019). Physical Activity during the School Holidays: Parent Perceptions and Practical Considerations. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 16(10).
- Evans, EW, et al. (2018). Promoting health and activity in the summer trial: Implementation and outcomes of a pilot study. Prev Med Rep, 10, 87-92.
- Hesketh, KR, et al. (2019). The association between maternal-child physical activity levels at the transition to formal schooling: cross-sectional and prospective data from the Southampton Women’s Survey. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 16(1), 23.
- Hesketh, KR, et al. (2017). Determinants of Change in Physical Activity in Children 0-6 years of Age: A Systematic Review of Quantitative Literature. Sports Med, 47(7), 1349-1374.
- Hopkins, LC, et al. (2018). Project SWEAT (Summer Weight and Environmental Assessment Trial): study protocol of an observational study using a multistate, prospective design that examines the weight gain trajectory among a racially and ethnically diverse convenience sample of economically disadvantaged school-age children. BMJ Open, 8(8).
- Howie, EK, et al. (2015). Acute Effects of Classroom Exercise Breaks on Executive Function and Math Performance: A Dose-Response Study. Res Q Exerc Sport, 86(3), 217-224.
- Hunt, ET, et al. (2019). Examining the impact of a summer learning program on children’s weight status and cardiorespiratory fitness: A natural experiment. Eval Program Plann, 74, 84-90.
- Jago, R, et al. (2017). Association of parents’ and children’s physical activity and sedentary time in Year 4 (8-9) and change between Year 1 (5-6) and Year 4: a longitudinal study. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 14(1), 110.
- Kahan, D, et al. (2017). Energy expenditure estimates during school physical education: Potential vs. reality? Prev Med, 95, 82-88.
- Kramer, MR, et al. (2016). Geography of Adolescent Obesity in the U.S., 2007-2011. Am J Prev Med, 51(6), 898-909.
- Li, N, et al. (2019). Joint associations between weekday and weekend physical activity or sedentary time and childhood obesity. Int J Obes, 43(4), 691-700.
- Moir, C, et al. (2016). Early Intervention to Encourage Physical Activity in Infants and Toddlers: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 48(12), 2446-2453.
- Nanney, MS, et al. (2016). School Obesity Prevention Policies and Practices in Minnesota and Student Outcomes: A Longitudinal Cohort Study. Am J Prev Med, 51(5), 656-663.
- Olds, T, et al. (2019). Life on holidays: differences in activity composition between school and holiday periods in Australian children. BMC Public Health, 19(2), 450.
- Pan, L, et al. (2018). Trends in Severe Obesity Among Children Aged 2 to 4 Years Enrolled in Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children From 2000 to 2014. JAMA Pediatr, 172(3), 232-238.
- Prochnow, T, et al. (2020).Social network analysis in child physical activity and sedentary behavior research: A systematic literature review. J Phys Activity & Health.
- Tanskey, LA, et al. (2018). The State of the Summer: a Review of Child Summer Weight Gain and Efforts to Prevent It. Curr Obes Rep, 7(2), 112-121.
- von Hippel, PT, et al. (2016). From Kindergarten Through Second Grade, U.S. Children’s Obesity Prevalence Grows Only During Summer Vacations. Obesity, 24(11), 2296-2300.
- Weaver, RG, et al. (2019). Summer Weight Gain and Fitness Loss: Causes and Potential Solutions. Am J Lifestyle Med, 13(2), 116-128.
- Weaver, RG, et al. (2019). Changes in children’s sleep and physical activity during a 1-week versus a 3-week break from school: a natural experiment. Sleep, 42(1).
- Weaver, RG, et al. (2020). The potential of a year-round school calendar for maintaining children’s weight status and fitness: Preliminary outcomes from a natural experiment. J Sport Health Sci, 9(1), 18-27.
- Weaver, RG, et al. (2018). An Intervention to Increase Students’ Physical Activity: A 2-Year Pilot Study. Am J Prev Med, 55(1), e1-e10.
Transportation, land use, urban design, communities setting
- Dias, AF, et al. (2019). Perceived and objective measures of neighborhood environment: Association with active commuting to school by socioeconomic status in Brazilian adolescents. Journal of Transport & Health, 14.
- Eckenwiler, L. (2018). Displacement and solidarity: An ethic of place-making. Bioethics, 32(9), 562-568.
- Eckenwiler, LA. (2016). Defining Ethical Placemaking for Place-Based Interventions. Am J Public Health, 106(11), 1944-1946.
- Karmeniemi, M, et al. (2018). The Built Environment as a Determinant of Physical Activity: A Systematic Review of Longitudinal Studies and Natural Experiments. Ann Behav Med, 52(3), 239-251.
- Le Gouais, A, et al. (2019). Decision-making for active living infrastructure in new communities: a qualitative study in England. J Public Health
- McGurk, M, et al. (2016). Changes in Policy Maker Attitudes Toward Active Living Communities Issues in Hawaii, 2007-2013. J Phys Act Health, 13(10), 1056-1062.
- Perry, CK, et al. (2016). Places where children are active: A longitudinal examination of children’s physical activity. Prev Med, 93, 88-95.
- Smith, M, et al. (2017). Systematic literature review of built environment effects on physical activity and active transport – an update and new findings on health equity. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 14(1), 158.
- Subica, AM, et al. (2016). Community Organizing for Healthier Communities: Environmental and Policy Outcomes of a National Initiative. Am J Prev Med, 51(6), 916-925.
- Tamura, K, et al. (2019). Neighborhood Social Environment and Cardiovascular Disease Risk. Curr Cardiovasc Risk Rep, 13(4).
- Xiao, C, et al. (2019). Physical Activity Levels and New Public Transit: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Am J Prev Med, 56(3), 464-473.
Parks, recreation, trails, open space
- Marquet, O, et al. (2019) Park use preferences and physical activity among ethnic minority children in low-income neighborhoods in New York City. Urban For Urban Green. 2019; 38:346-353.
- McCarthy SM, et al. (2017) Examining sociodemographic differences in playground availability and quality and associations with childhood obesity. Child Obes. 2017; 13(4):324-331.
- Umstattd Meyer, R, et al. (2019) Systematic review of how Play Streets impact opportunities for active play, physical activity, neighborhoods, and communities. BMC Public Health. 2019; 19:335.
- Winig BD, et al. (2017) A public health law analysis of shared use agreements in Los Angeles County, 2010-2014. Calif J Health Promot. 2017; 15(2):69-74.