20 Oct

UNICEF STUDY SHOWS USA KIDS PHYSICAL HEALTH IN LAST PLACE OUT OF 38 COUNTRIES

SEATTLE, WA – October 21, 2020- According to the UNICEF 2020 Report Card, USA Kids are ranked dead last in physical health out of 38 countries. PHIT America, the national charity for kids’ health, is challenging Americans, in particular its 200 million sports participants and fans to step up to get kids more active and healthier.  The USA was also ranked near the bottom (32nd) in both ‘skills’ & ‘mental well-being’.  

PHIT America, whose mission is to improve the physical and mental health of 50 million children, is launching a national campaign, Which America Do You Want?, showing both “Today’s America” compared to a “PHIT America”.  Sports and fitness fans among tennis, basketball, soccer, running and 6 other activities in the Seattle area will be targeted.

Darrin Pritt, Seattle native and founder of the Julia Love Pritt Foundation explains. “Most Americans, especially serious participants are not aware that our kids are in bad shape.   Besides the UNICEF study, there is other eye-opening research:

  • The British Journal of Sports Medicine showed that US kids are ranked 47th out of 50 countries in the world in fitness
  • 93% of children are not active to the CDC’s physical activity standards

Pritt adds, “Our kids are so sedentary and unhealthy. We should be embarrassed. We are in last place.  Seattle sport participants obviously want a more active and healthier world but we must do something to make this happen.  We are potentially losing a whole generation of future sports participants, compounded by COVID, which has vast consequences on our nation’s well-being and economy.”  Pritt’s foundation has committed 2 million dollars to seed PHIT America’s call to action.

Jim Baugh, Founder of PHIT America, along with Pritt is asking all Seattle area residents to sign The Petition For Healthy Kids. This petition states, Every Child Must Have At Least 30 Minutes of Physical Activity In School Every Week

Baugh, former President of Wilson Sports began his career as a physical education instructor 40 years ago.   His passion for children’s physical health has been a lifelong commitment.  

Baugh is adamant when he says “Physical Inactivity is the #1 issue we should be addressing in our country as it is responsible for over 150,000 deaths each year in the US.   For less than $10 per child PHIT America can get kids more physically active and on the road to a much healthier lifestyle. Both Baugh and Pritt urge not only the Seattle community but the entire country to give to PHIT America at PHITKids.org.

Through its established physical activity programs, PHIT America has introduced over half a million kids to regular physical activity in schools.  PHIT welcomes private and corporate donations in its pursuit to end the Inactivity Pandemic.   Donate, sign the petition and learn more about PHIT initiatives by visiting PHITAmerica.org. All data and research sources can be found on IP.PHITAmerica.org.  PHIT America is led by sports industry hall of fame member, Jim Baugh. Baugh can be reached at 561-529-2989 or at Jim@PHITAmerica.org.   

Contact Tamara Wilson at tamaraw@tamarawilson.com 206-409-6735.