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Teens who Engage in Regular Physical Activity

This indicator shows the percentage of high school students who were physically active for a total of at least 60 minutes per day on five or more of the 7 days preceding the survey.

Teens who Engage in Regular Physical Activity

47.3
41.9
Comparison: U.S. Value 

41.9

percent
Measurement Period: 2013

State: Arizona

Categories: Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight, Health / Teen & Adolescent Health, Health / Diabetes
Technical Note: The regional value is compared to the national value.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: July 2014

Why is this important?

Inactivity during childhood and adolescence increases the likelihood of being inactive as an adult. Adults who are less active are at greater risk of dying of heart disease and developing diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure. Half of American youths aged 12-21 are not vigorously active on a regular basis, and about 14 percent of young people report no recent physical activity. Participation in all types of physical activity declines drastically with both age and grade in school. Being physically active helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints. It helps control and maintain weight, build lean muscle, and reduce fat. In addition, exercise helps to prevent or delay the development of high blood pressure. Moderate amounts of physical activity are recommended for people of all ages.

More Details:

The data is collected via YRBSS, which includes a national school-based survey of public schools.

Teens who Engage in Regular Physical Activity : Time Series

2005: 32.3 2007: 32.0 2009: 46.8 2011: 47.4 2013: 41.9

percent

Teens who Engage in Regular Physical Activity by Gender

Female: 33.2 Male: 50.4 Overall: 41.9

percent

Teens who Engage in Regular Physical Activity by Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic or Latino: 42.6 White: 41.6 Overall: 41.9

percent

Teens who Engage in Regular Physical Activity

Comparison: Prior Value 

41.9

percent
Measurement Period: 2013

State: Arizona

Categories: Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight, Health / Teen & Adolescent Health, Health / Diabetes
Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: July 2014

Why is this important?

Inactivity during childhood and adolescence increases the likelihood of being inactive as an adult. Adults who are less active are at greater risk of dying of heart disease and developing diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure. Half of American youths aged 12-21 are not vigorously active on a regular basis, and about 14 percent of young people report no recent physical activity. Participation in all types of physical activity declines drastically with both age and grade in school. Being physically active helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints. It helps control and maintain weight, build lean muscle, and reduce fat. In addition, exercise helps to prevent or delay the development of high blood pressure. Moderate amounts of physical activity are recommended for people of all ages.

More Details:

The data is collected via YRBSS, which includes a national school-based survey of public schools.

Teens who Engage in Regular Physical Activity : Time Series

2005: 32.3 2007: 32.0 2009: 46.8 2011: 47.4 2013: 41.9

percent

Teens who Engage in Regular Physical Activity by Gender

Female: 33.2 Male: 50.4 Overall: 41.9

percent

Teens who Engage in Regular Physical Activity by Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic or Latino: 42.6 White: 41.6 Overall: 41.9

percent