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8.1.1 Physical activity counseling during the well-child visit within the MCH population. (Virgin Islands)

Measure Status: Active

Measurement Category: Category 2: Measuring quality of effort (% of reach; satisfaction)

Service Type: Bottom level: public health services and systems

Service Recipient: Activities directed to families/children/youth

Goal: Partner with the FQHC's to increase the physical activity counseling that occurs during the well child visit visit.

Numerator: Number of chlildren that received physical activity counseling during their well child visit within the past year.

Denominator: Number of children seen by FQHC's for a well child visit during the past year.

Significance: Regular physical activity can improve the health and quality of life of Americans of all ages, regardless of the presence of a chronic disease or disability. Physical activity in children and adolescents reduces the risk of early life risk factors for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, Type II diabetes, and osteoporosis. In addition to aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities, bone-strengthening activities are especially important for children and young adolescents because the majority of peak bone mass is obtained by the end of adolescence.

Data Sources and Data Issues: Title V Program

Year: 2018/2020

Unit Type: Percentage, Unit Number: 100


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.