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Report Card Says Kids Not Active Enough

from Runner's World

American children are falling short of fitness goals, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance.

NPAP, in collaboration with its organizational partner, the American College of Sports Medicine, released the first-ever United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth on Tuesday.

"Physical activity levels in American youth fall far below the recommended level, with only about one-fourth of children aged 6-15 meeting the current guideline of 60 minutes of moderate physical activity per day," said Russ Pate, Ph.D., chairman of the alliance. "Fifty percent of waking hours are spent in sedentary activity for children and youth, and this percentage rises with age."

Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk, chairman of the 2014 Report Card Research Advisory Committee said the goal of the report card is to assess levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviors in American children, facilitators and barrier for physical activity, and related health outcomes. more

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