Despite years of prodding from their parents, teachers and doctors, kids and teens still aren't doing nearly enough physical activity, and changes need to be made in schools to help kids step it up, says a report released Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
A recent government survey found that only 29% of high school students participated in 60 or more minutes a day of physical activity on each of the seven days prior to the survey. That's the amount recommended for kids and teens by the government's physical activity guidelines. Boys (38%) were more likely than girls (19%) to meet the guidelines.
"Dramatic action needs to be taken to increase physical activity in American kids," says Russell Pate, a member of the committee for the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, which produced the new report. He's a professor of exercise science at the University of South Carolina.
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