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Michigan Finds More Adults See Opportunities for Children to Get Physical Activity, Despite Concerns Over Childhood Obesity

More adults than before think kids have opportunities for physical activity, although childhood obesity is still a problem, according to a new study from the University of Michigan. In 2012, 56 percent of adults reported “lots of opportunity” for young children to get physical activity. This percentage rose to 61 percent in 2013. The survey was conducted as part of the National Voices Project, which surveys adults who work and/or volunteer with children. The National Voices Project is directed by Dr. Matthew Davis, professor of health management and policy.



[Photo: Dr. Matthew Davis]

The perceptions of opportunities for young children to get physical activity rose for each group of race/ethnicity surveyed. The largest improvement was among perceptions of opportunities for American Indian/Alaska Native children, Arab American children, and Hispanic/Latino children.

However, childhood obesity is still a major concern in the United States. “This is a ‘good news’ story in the midst of a national conversation around the problem of childhood obesity,” says Dr. Davis. “But this good news has a catch: opportunities to get physical activity are perceived as lower for all non-White race/ethnicity groups than for White children.”