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Young Teens who Engage in Regular Physical Activity

Value: 44.4 percent
Location: State : Hawaii
Comparison: Prior Value
Categories: Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight
Health / Teen & Adolescent Health
Health / Wellness & Lifestyle
What is this Indicator?
This indicator shows the percentage of public school students in grades 6-8 who were physically active for a total of at least 60 minutes per day on five of the seven days preceding the survey.
Why this is 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.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services establishes physical activity guidelines for all Americans.  Currently, it is recommended that children and adolescents do 60 minutes or more of physical activity every day.
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.
Values are not shown where the total unweighted response count is less than 100. Results from the 2011 Hawaii County High School survey are not reportable.
Source: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
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Maintained By: Hawaii Department of Health
Last Updated: July 2012

Time Series Data

2005: 29.0 2007: 40.4 2009: 44.8 2011: 44.4


Young Teens who Engage in Regular Physical Activity by Gender

Female: 38.4 Male: 50.5 Overall: 44.4


Young Teens who Engage in Regular Physical Activity by Grade Level

Grade 6: 44.5 Grade 7: 46.4 Grade 8: 42.5 Overall: 44.4


Young Teens who Engage in Regular Physical Activity by Race/Ethnicity

Caucasian: 52.4 Filipino: 33.2 Japanese: 52.4 Native Hawaiian: 50.7 Other: 48.1 Other Asian: 36.4 Other Pacific Islander: 37.9 Overall: 44.4


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