Kaphingst and Story (2009) reported the regulations of all 50 U.S. states as they relate to physical activity promotion. The guidelines were set by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. The initial assessment of physical activity policies were conducted in 2006.
Findings varied by setting (i.e. child care center, small family child care home, large family or group child care home). The requirements assessed included, activity programs engaging large muscle groups (19-39 states), daily outdoor activity time (24-36 states), quantified physical activity time requirements (2 states), and physical activity intensity requirements (2-10 states). These baseline data can be used as a benchmark to assess physical activity policies enacted at the state level. More information about the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education Database are available at http://nrckids.org and http://nrckids.org/STATES/states.htm .