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Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth


Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Food and Nutrition, Children, Youth and Families, Public Health, Education
Board: Food and Nutrition Board

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An IOM committee will develop recommendations for criterion-based youth fitness measures based on a systematic review of the literature conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the association of youth fitness components (measured by specific tests) and selected health outcomes. The committee will examine the review by the CDC and evaluate the relationships between youth fitness components (e.g., cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility) and health outcomes (e.g., cardiovascular disease risk factors, musculoskeletal health, diabetes, and obesity, among others). It is important to identify measures that relate directly to health outcomes as well as those that provide information on comparative levels of performance as it relates to occupation (e.g. military personal or firefighters). Health-based measures of fitness are those that are most meaningful for monitoring and improving health.

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