fitness [at] pediatrics [dot] wisc [dot] edu
Douglas [dot] White [at] dpi [dot] wi [dot] gov (Doug White)
jon [dot] hisgen [at] dpi [dot] wi [dot] gov (Jon Hisgen, MS)
bowser [at] wisc [dot] edu (John Bowser, MS)
National and Wisconsin-specific research indicates higher rates of obesity and lower levels of physical activity (PA) exist among children and adolescents of low socioeconomic status (SES) and certain racial and ethnic groups, compared to their peers. Low PA levels are closely linked to obesity, which is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. A serious effort to improve the health of Wisconsin’s children must focus on, achieve, and document increased PA and improved fitness. The Wisconsin Partnership for Childhood Fitness (WPCF) project will focus on the unique challenges and needs faced by Wisconsin schools with high populations of low SES and racial minority students.
The WPCF goal is to increase the level of fitness among low SES and racial minority youth. The project’s guiding principle is that promoting childhood fitness has inherent health benefits for child health, and is the most effective treatment, and prevention strategy for childhood obesity.
Funding for this project was provided by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health from the Wisconsin Partnership program.