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Few California Children and Adolescents Meet Physical Activity Guidelines.
This policy brief describes physical activity among California children and adolescents. Using data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the study found that only 31 percent of children ages 5-11 and 18 percent of adolescents ages 12-17 meet the physical activity guidelines of engaging in at least one hour of physical activity every day. Neighborhood characteristics, including safety and proximity to parks, are related to physical activity levels among youth. Also, among older children, boys are more active than girls. Additional efforts by state and local policymakers, as well as communities, are needed to promote physical activity to increase the proportion of children and adolescents achieving recommended amounts of physical activity.
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, 10960 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1550, Los Angeles, California 90024.,
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, 10960 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1550, Los Angeles, California 90024.
Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
Continental Population Groups
Guidelines as Topic
Pub Type(s)Journal Article