Why Project Play in the U.S.?

Jay Coakley, PhD

  • U.S. children are heavier, rounder, weaker, less physically literate, and more sedentary today than in the past
  • Obesity rates for children and adults are higher in the US than any other wealthy, post-industrial nation
  • Inactivity is a primary factor in creating high costs related to health and undermining quality of life
  • Youth sports in the U.S. generally fail to inspire young people to be physically active past early adolescence

Coakley Presentation Project Play Mexico