The Institute of Medicine recently released a report, “Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth,”1 that provides evidence-based recommendations for measuring physical fitness in children and adolescents. The report was commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in the context of its ongoing initiative that is aimed at preventing childhood obesity, with support provided by the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We served as members of the panel of experts that produced the report. Our purposes herein are to summarize the content of the report, provide an overview of the backstory that prompted the development of the report, and suggest ways in which physicians and other health care providers can make use of the report's recommendations.
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