Teens without Sufficient Physical Activity

This indicator shows the percentage of high school students without sufficient vigorous physical activity.
Sufficient vigorous physical activity is defined as participating in physical activity that does make you sweat or breathe hard for 20 minutes or more, on three or more of the 7 days preceding the survey.

Teens without Sufficient Physical Activity

36.2
39.0
Comparison: FL Counties 

34.9

percent
Measurement Period: 2012

County: Palm Beach

Categories: Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight, Health / Teen & Adolescent Health, Health / Diabetes
Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 65 Florida counties.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: November 2012
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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.

Teens without Sufficient Physical Activity : Time Series

2006: 39.7 2008: 39.9 2010: 40.4 2012: 34.9

percent

Teens without Sufficient Physical Activity

Comparison: Prior Value 

34.9

percent
Measurement Period: 2012

County: Palm Beach

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 not taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: November 2012

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.

Teens without Sufficient Physical Activity : Time Series

2006: 39.7 2008: 39.9 2010: 40.4 2012: 34.9

percent