The Key to Population Health? Physical Literacy

Panel @ Spotlight: Health

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

Opening remarks by Surgeon General Vivek Murthy (video)

Event photos

Physical Literacy: A Global Environmental Scanfirst-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



Project Play to Create First-Ever Plan Around Physical Literacy in U.S.