Economic impact of increasing children’s physical activity

Making the economic case for more play

May 2017:  Health Affairs

Increasing physical activity among children is a potentially important public health intervention. Quantifying the economic and health effects of the intervention would help decision makers understand its impact and priority. This report suggests that if 50 percent of children in the US exercised for 25 mins daily, $8.1 billion in direct medical costs and $13.8 billion in lost productivity could be averted.

Access the full report here (paywall)

Children and young people
This evaluation of the Street Play Project delivered by London Play, Playing Out and Play England includes persuasive arguments for the public health benefits of play streets.

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