CDC says survey shows need for more physical acitivty for high school students

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data from the 2010 National Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Study and found that among students nationwide in grades 9–12, 15.3% met the aerobic objective, 51.0% met the muscle-strengthening objective, and 12.2% met the objective for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. The guidelines outlined in Healthy People 2020, released in December 2010, call for participation in more than 60 minutes of aerobic activity every day and muscle strengthening activity on three or more days per week

CDC’s Guide to Community Preventive Services§ recommends evidence-based strategies to increase physical activity, such as enhancing school-based PE programs by increasing the length of classes or activity levels in PE classes. The guide also recommends creation of or enhanced access to places for physical activity combined with informational outreach activities about their location and availability. Additionally, the Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit¶ provides specific strategies that schools, families, and communities can use to support youth physical activity.

These strategies are being included in programs such as the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign,** CDC’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work program,†† and the Safe Routes to School program.§§ Additionally, the National Physical Activity Plan¶¶ identifies the need to use a multisector approach involving schools, communities, families, and the private sector to facilitate integrated approaches to increasing population activity levels. Continued efforts to implement these evidence-based strategies and programs will help to meet the HP 2020 objective target for aerobic activity as well as the targets for muscle-strengthening activity and both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities (once these targets have been set based on findings from the 2011 national YRBS). Public health efforts to improve participation in aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities among U.S. high school students might be most relevant for female students, students in upper grades, and students with obesity.


via Medical News Today


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