Top Policy Initiatives to Encourage Physical Activity

It’s that time of year again—when gyms, trails, studios and pools are filled to the brim with “resolutioners.” Any number of sources list “exercise more” (of some variation thereof) as one of the top three New Year’s Resolutions for any given year and 2018 is no different!

Studies also tell us that the vast majority of such “resolutioners” lose their resolve quickly—in fact U.S. News & World Report says that 80% of resolutions fail by the second week in February. It is easy to make a resolution to move more, get in shape or lead a healthier lifestyle. But it is far more difficult to stick to it. Personal resolve is certainly part of stick-to-itiveness but there are several types of policy initiatives that can encourage people to become (and stay!) active.

Policy happens on a variety of levels including federal, state and local; and it also happens in the workplace. Policy changes focused on physical activity can make it more accessible, more affordable, more fun and even safer. Such changes can help lessen or even eliminate some barriers to physical activity. Here are four examples of policies that can help get people moving in 2018

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