US Institute of Medicine urges fitness standards for young people

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 02 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6641
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

A committee of the US Institute of Medicine has recommended national standards for evaluating health related physical fitness in young people.1 The recommendation marks an ongoing evolution away from performance alone to an approach that ties short term measures of fitness to long term health.

“Since the first national fitness test in the 1950s, there has been an ongoing and sometimes animated debate about what the tests to measure fitness should be,” said Russell Pate, a professor at the University of South Carolina who chaired the committee that wrote the report.

“This has been in …

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