Who Can You Trust?

The last post that I had, I explained the issue of adolescents not getting enough physical activity in the United States.  On the internet, there are a lot of different sources that give a multitude of different ideas on what should be done about physical activity in our country.  While there are some sites that have some great information, there are also sites that have information that can be considered misleading or inaccurate.  In this blog post, I will help the reader get a better sense of sources that they should trust, and ones that they should just kick to the side.

Trustworthy Sources:

  • CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

    The CDC is a great source for information on physical activity in children and also contains a lot of statistics for physical activity throughout many different age groups and races throughout the country.  It is very credible and gets its information directly from medical sources.

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  • WHO (World Health Organization)

    The World Health Organization is also another great source to find information on physical activity rates and statistics online.  The site includes a lot of information not just on children but also those of all ages.  The World Health Organization contains information on much more than just physical activity and can be used as a source for a number of different health issues.

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  • Let’s Move!

    Let’s Move!, is an organization that was set up by the former first lady Michelle Obama.  One of her main goals during her time in her position was to raise awareness in childhood obesity in America.  This site gives a lot of credible information on the state of childhood obesity in America and also mentions initiatives to get this issue under control.

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Kick em’ to the Curb

  • Wikipedia

    As we’ve all known for a long time now, Wikipedia is not to be used as a credible site for information.  Wikipedia can be edited by anybody with a computer and many people enjoy going on the site just to troll or even post ridiculous ideas.  

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  • Facebook

    Hopefully by now, we are all aware that everything you see on Facebook isn’t true.  Facebook is a great social media app for connecting people and allowing people to share videos and pictures.  But just like Wikipedia, anybody with an internet connection can have an account and post whatever they desire.  Something that your friend from the 4th grade posts about childhood obesity or physical activity probably wouldn’t be a good idea to hang your hat on for information.

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My main goal of this post was to help you decipher between where you should look if you are interested in learning more about low physical activity levels in adolescents or childhood obesity.   There are a lot of good sources out there that can help you learn more about this and I believe that when you land on a site with accurate information you will know it.  This is a topic that if you know what sites to avoid, you will be able to find a great amount of information for whatever it is that you are looking for.

 

 

 

 

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