Over the past decade, coalitions in about a dozen countries have embraced initiatives based on a desired outcome in individuals and populations called “physical literacy.” These efforts have been launched in response to a common problem in industrialized societies: declining rates of physical activity. But what is physical literacy? Can it be measured? And how to build a cross-sector movement around it in the U.S., with special focus on engaging our most vulnerable children? At this session, the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program released a white paper, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, conceptualizing a path forward. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy delivered opening remarks, followed by a panel moderated by Sports & Society executive director Tom Farrey and featuring Kathleen Sebelius, former secretary of Health and Human Services; Dr. Kenneth Davis, president and CEO of Mount Sinai Health System; and Dr. Shale Wong, Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Colorado-Denver.
Physical Literacy in the United States: A Model, Strategic Plan, and Call to Action: white paper on physical literacy
Physical Literacy: A Global Environmental Scan: first-ever effort to catalogue physical literacy efforts across the world, in partnership with SPARC
Audio recording of panel (below)
Our Children's Healthy Growth Starts with Physical Literacy, by Shale Wong, Professor of Pediatrics, Colorado University - Denver, and Physical Literacy Working Group Member
Play is the Work of Children, by Wayne Moss, Senior Director of Sports, Fitness, and Recreation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Physical Literacy Working Group Member
The United States Has a New Physical Literacy Plan, by Robin Schepper, Bipartisan Policy Center Senior Advisor and Physical Literacy Working Group Member
What Do You Do? Physical Literacy in Action, by Robin Schepper, Bipartisan Policy Center Senior Advisor and Physical Literacy Working Group Member