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First Ever Report Card on Youth Fitness

The first-ever report card evaluating youth fitness in U.S. was released to Congress.

And it looks like the U.S. is going to need a parent signature on this one. During a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill, attended by IHRSA, the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance and the American College of Sports Medicine presented a "report card" that evaluates 10 indicators of youth fitness. The report grades each indicator based on national research. It includes two Ds, two Cs, one F, one B, and four "incompletes." 

Specifically, the report card shows that physical activity levels in American youth fall far below the recommended level, with only about one quarter of children aged 6-15 meeting the current guideline of 60 minutes of moderate physical activity per day, and that half of a child's waking hours are spent doing something sedentary.

"I think the report made it abundantly clear to Congress that the government has a role in encouraging youth to be physically active, and that action should be taken now. The report card demonstrates how good health is a pre-requisite for success in any future endeavor, and ensures a healthy, prosperous America," said Tom Richards, IHRSA's senior legislative counsel.

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) called the report's results "deeply troubling," and Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) said the report makes the case for immediate action to improve youth fitness in America. 


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