Review of evidence for impact of physical activity in 5-11 years olds

From this rapid review of the evidence on the outcomes of physical activity participation among children aged 5 – 11 years, the strongest evidence exists for a positive association between physical activity and cardio-metabolic health, muscular strength, bone health, cardiorespiratory fitness, self-esteem, anxiety/stress, academic achievement, cognitive functioning, attention/concentration, confidence, and peer friendship. Therefore these outcomes should underpin the messages used in the new Change4Life campaign.