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U.S. Failing at Keeping Children Physically Active, According to National Report Card

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In 2012, more than a third of children and teens were overweight or obese, according to the Center for Disease Control. One possible culprit: Lack of activity, according to a new analysis presented at the Congressional Fitness Caucus briefing in Washington, D.C. in late April

Coined the "U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth," the analysis revealed that the U.S. is failing when it comes to getting kids to walk or bike. The country also received a 'D' for overall physical activity and avoiding sedentary habits.

The report card, created by the National Physical Activity Plan alliance and the American College of Sports Medicine, looked at 10 indicators in children's activity levels, including their school's physical education classes, community parks and playgrounds, and their participation in organized sports and unstructured play. The results: A 'B minus,' a 'D,' a 'D minus,' and an 'F.' 

The 'B minus' was given for community efforts, as they found that 85 percent of children lived in an area with at least one playground or park. 

The 'D' was given for sedentary habits, which included the finding that 54 percent of children spent more than two hours a day watching TV or playing on the computer. And, a 'D minus' for moderate activity, with only 8 percent of kids ages 12 to 15 got more than an hour of moderate activity. 

The 'F' was for transportation, with only 13 percent of children walking or biking to school or other activities. 

Read the full 40-page report at PhysicalActivityPlan.org.

Tags: Youth Fitness, Family, Health