Research makes clear that moving our bodies at a young age on a regular basis can produce many benefits, from the educational to financial, physical to social, motivational to emotional. Societies that move, improve. But movement is dependent on having the ability, confidence, and desire to do so. That’s where physical literacy comes in. It’s a breakthrough strategy that holds enormous promise.
Stakeholders would be wise to adopt a goal of developing physical literacy in all youth by the middle school years. They should build the army of early adopters and make physical literacy a household concept. Make it a priority for community recreation organizations, education, fitness organizations, national sport organizations, health care & medical providers, public health agencies & foundations, media & technology, business & industry, parents/guardians, and policymakers & civic leaders. Embed PL principles into existing programs, curricula, and certifications. Index the overall level of physical literacy in children, and set incremental goals for how to reach all youth by 2030, with targeted strategies to reach our most vulnerable populations. Activate on the sector ideas presented within this white paper. Commit to eliminating the gap in activity levels by race, gender, ability, geography, and socioeconomic status, and elevate all.
Creating a physically literate society is no small undertaking, but with collective action it is possible. It is also worth the effort. Empowering all youth with a foundation of physical literacy has the potential to create active and healthy lives, improve communities, and transform our country’s social and economic future.
THAT’S A FUTURE WORTH BELIEVING IN.