Despite a 4-year-old national initiative to encourage at least 1 hour of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every day, only about a quarter of US youth are actually meeting that goal. The findings were part of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report (.pdf) that examined activity patterns in 2012.
The study used self-reported data on youth aged 12-15 to get a picture of activity rates broken down by sex, weight status, and type of activities. Among the findings:
Check out the article in the November 2013 issue of PT in Motion (free to APTA members) for an overview of how physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are working to increase rates of activity in youth.
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