Promoting physical activity for children and young people

NICE guidelines [PH17] Published date:

Review decision: 

No update required - published guidance still current

Next review date: May 2015

This guidance is for all those who are involved in promoting physical activity among children and young people, including parents and carers.

The NICE recommendations give advice on:

  • how to promote the benefits of physical activity and encourage participation
  • high level strategic planning
  • the importance of consultation with children and young people and how to set about it
  • planning and providing spaces, facilities and opportunities
  • training people to run programmes and activities
  • how to promote physically active travel such as cycling and walking.

The guidance is specifically aimed at the following organisations:

  • Children's trusts and services
  • Community and voluntary groups (running sports and other organised activities)
  • Early years providers
  • Government departments
  • Local authorities (leisure and related services, transport and planning, regeneration)
  • Local strategic partnerships
  • Organisations offering practitioners education and training
  • The police
  • Primary care trusts
  • Private sector providers
  • Schools and colleges.

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