Physical activity in U.S. youth aged 12-15 years, 2012.

Tala H I Fakhouri, Jeffery P. Hughes, Vicki L. Burt, MinKyoung Song, Janet E. Fulton, Cynthia L. Ogden

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Data from the combined National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and the NHANES National Youth Fitness Survey, 2012. In 2012, about one-quarter of U.S. youth aged 12-15 years engaged in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes daily. Basketball was the most common activity reported among active boys, followed by running, football, bike riding, and walking. Running was the most common activity among active girls, followed by walking, basketball, dancing, and bike riding. The percentage of male youth who were physically active for at least 60 minutes daily decreased as weight status increased. The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which have been adopted by the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative and the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommend that youth participate in daily moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes (1-5). This report presents the most recent national data from 2012 on self-reported physical activity among youth aged 12-15 years, by sex and weight status. This report also describes the most common types of physical activities--outside of school-based physical education (PE) or gym classes--in which youth engage. All material appearing in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission; citation as to source, however, is appreciated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalNCHS data brief
Issue number141
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Fakhouri, T. H. I., Hughes, J. P., Burt, V. L., Song, M., Fulton, J. E., & Ogden, C. L. (2014). Physical activity in U.S. youth aged 12-15 years, 2012. NCHS data brief, (141), 1-8.

Physical activity in U.S. youth aged 12-15 years, 2012. / Fakhouri, Tala H I; Hughes, Jeffery P.; Burt, Vicki L.; Song, MinKyoung; Fulton, Janet E.; Ogden, Cynthia L.

In: NCHS data brief, No. 141, 2014, p. 1-8.

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Fakhouri, THI, Hughes, JP, Burt, VL, Song, M, Fulton, JE & Ogden, CL 2014, 'Physical activity in U.S. youth aged 12-15 years, 2012.', NCHS data brief, no. 141, pp. 1-8.
Fakhouri THI, Hughes JP, Burt VL, Song M, Fulton JE, Ogden CL. Physical activity in U.S. youth aged 12-15 years, 2012. NCHS data brief. 2014;(141):1-8.
Fakhouri, Tala H I ; Hughes, Jeffery P. ; Burt, Vicki L. ; Song, MinKyoung ; Fulton, Janet E. ; Ogden, Cynthia L. / Physical activity in U.S. youth aged 12-15 years, 2012. In: NCHS data brief. 2014 ; No. 141. pp. 1-8.
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