CDC: Just one in four adolescents physically active at least 60 minutes per day

USA Today reports that data from the CDC indicate that just “one in four adolescents ages 12-15 are physically active for at least 60 minutes” each day. The data show that “boys (27%) were slightly more likely than girls (22.5%) to do moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes daily, but the difference wasn’t significant … says” Tala Fakhouri, the study’s lead author and an epidemiologist with the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

According to Fakhouri, “We can aim to do better than 25%.”

The AP reports that the findings “are based on about 800 kids who self-reported their activity levels and had physical exams as part of the 2012 National Youth Fitness Survey.” While “government researchers won’t call the results disappointing,” according to Fakhouri, “There’s always room for improvement.”

US News & World Report reports that the most popular “activities among boys who reported any level of physical activity outside of school were basketball, running and football, while running, walking and basketball were most popular for girls.”

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