Physical Activity of American High School Students (1991-2015)
High school students are spending more recreational time on computers, watching less television, and struggling to get enough physical activity, according to the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) report. The YRBSS is a biannual measure of self-reported health behaviors among U.S. high school students released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The 2015 data reveal that among U.S. high school students, 41.7 percent used a computer three or more hours a day for fun outside of school work, up from 41.3 percent in 2013, and 31.1 percent in 2011; 24.7 percent watched television for three or more hours a day, down from 32.5 percent in 2013, and 32.4 percent in 2011. The data collection period varies across different measures, but trends related to physical activity have generally held steady: 27.1 percent of students were physically active for at least 60 minutes per day and slightly fewer than half did not attend physical education classes once a week in 2015.
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* Race/ethnicity data for individual states are not shown due to small sample sizes in the population. Note: The CDC uses the term Hispanic in their analysis. All races are non-Hispanic.