​Measurement of Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents

Russell R. Pate, Ph.D.
Russell R. Pate, Ph.D.

Director, Children's Physical Activity Research Group
Professor, Department of Exercise Science
Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina

 

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About the Webinar

Physical activity provides important health benefits during childhood and adolescence. Accordingly, there is a need to monitor physical activity in public health surveillance systems, assess physical activity in clinical and programmatic settings, and evaluate change in physical activity in research that deals with interventions to promote physical activity in young people.

This presentation provides an overview of the methods that were used to measure physical activity in those settings. Self-report, surrogate-report, and objective measurement by devices and direct observation are included.

About Russell R. Pate

Dr. Pate is a Professor in the Department of Exercise Science in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Pate is an exercise physiologist with interests in physical activity and physical fitness in children and the health implications of physical activity. He has published more than 350 scholarly papers and has authored or edited eight books. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Heart Association, and several private foundations and corporations.

He heads a research team that is currently supported by multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health and from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He served on the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (2003–04), the U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee (2007–08), and an Institute of Medicine panel that developed guidelines on prevention of childhood obesity. He currently serves as Chair of the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, and is a member of the 2017–2018 U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee.