Healthy People 2020 – What’s In the Social Network?
Recently, Healthy People 2020 joined with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness to brainstorm and collaborate around ways to reduce the cost-impact from obesity related conditions. They determined a few “truths,” but I sincerely believe they missed one of the most important factors.
Granted, a person’s physical activity levels are not determined by will power alone. They are also influenced by a number of social and environmental factors including:
- The built environment, such as the availability of sidewalks, bike lanes, and parks, as well as physical barriers, such as lack of accessible facilities for people with disabilities
- The natural environment, such as weather and daylight hours
- Policymaking, which can improve or reduce access to facilities that support physical activity
- Social factors, such as the cost of physical activities, social norms, neighborhood crime, and social support
- Physical activity in childcare settings
- Television viewing and computer usage
- Recess and physical education in the Nation’s public and private elementary schools