Number of states that require number of minutes of physical activity per day or by length of time in care in child care centers, large family homes, and small family homes
Kaphingst and Story (2009) reported the regulations of all 50 U.S. states as they relate to physical activity promotion. The initial assessment of physical activity policies were conducted in 2006.
Findings varied by setting (i.e. child care center, small family child care home, large family or group child care home). The requirements assessed included, activity programs engaging large muscle groups (19-39 states), daily outdoor activity time (24-36 states), quantified physical activity time requirements (2 states), and physical activity intensity requirements (2-10 states). These baseline data can be used as a benchmark to assess physical activity policies enacted at the state level. More information about the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education Database are available at http://nrckids.org and http://nrckids.org/STATES/states.htm .
2. National Association for Sport and Physical Education. (2009). Active Start: A Statement of Physical Activity Guidelines for Children From Birth to Age 5 (2nd Ed.). National Association for Sport and Physical Education, Reston, VA.
Kaphingst K and Story M. (2009). Child care as an untapped setting for obesity prevention: state child care licensing regulations related to nutrition, physical activity, and media use for preschool-aged children in the United States. Prev Chronic Dis, 6(1).