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In order to improve overall health, reduce chronic disease risk factors, and maintain a healthy body weight, federal guidelines recommend that Americans engage in regular bouts of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Unfortunately, current data suggests that the majority of Nebraska adults and youth do not meet these recommendations.
According to the 2009 Nebraska Behavioral Risk Factor Survey:
- In 2009, nearly 1 in 3 adults did not meet recommended guidelines for physical activity.
According to the 2009 Nebraska Youth Risk Behavior Survey:
- Fewer than 1 in 5 students reported that they were physically active for 60+ minutes daily in the past week.
- Only 30% reported attending physical education (PE) classes daily during an average school week.
- Nearly 1 in 4 students reported watching 3+ hours of television per day on an average school day.
- Nearly 1 in 4 males reported playing video or computer games, or using a computer for something that was not school work, 3+ hours per day on an average school day.
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