U.S. government sets goals for increased physical activity for Americans

Healthy People 2020, a document prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,  sets goals for improving the health of the American people.  One goal set was to increase the proposition of the national’s public and private schools that require daily physcial education for all elementary school students by 10 percent. In 2006 3.8 percent of public and private elementary schools required daily physical education, so a 10 percent increase would mean 4.2 percent met the goal.

Here are some of the other physcial activity goals:

PA–4.2 Middle and junior high schools.
Target: 8.6 percent.
Baseline: 7.9 percent of public and private middle and junior high schools required daily physical education for all students in 2006.
Target setting method: 10 percent improvement.
Data source: School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS), CDC, NCCDPHP.
PA–4.3 Senior high schools.
Target: 2.3 percent.
Baseline: 2.1 percent of public and private senior high schools required daily physical education for all students in 2006.
Target setting method: 10 percent improvement.
Data source: School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS), CDC, NCCDPHP.
PA–5: Increase the proportion of adolescents who participate in daily school physical education.
Target: 36.6 percent.
Baseline: 33.3 percent of adolescents participated in daily school physical education in 2009.
Target setting method: 10 percent improvement.
Data source: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), CDC, NCCDPHP.
PA–6: Increase regularly scheduled elementary school recess in the United States.
PA–6.1 Increase the number of States that require regularly scheduled elementary school recess.
Target: 17 States.
Baseline: 7 States required regularly scheduled elementary school recess in 2006.
Target setting method: One State per year.
Data source: School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS), CDC, NCCDPHP.

Source: http://1.usa.gov/l0W30c

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