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US Report Card Flunks Physical Activity and Kids

Posted on Jun 04, 2014 by Maggie LaBarbera

THe has been evaluated the United States fitness of our children.  All their findings were evidence based.  Read the full report: National Report Card*

The goal is for children to have at least 1 hour a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day as well as reduce screen time to 2 hours or less a day. 

Nourish Thought for the Day:  

Small bouts of moderate to vigorous activity can easily add up to 60 minutes a day.

Physical activity is important* for children because it:


  • Increases health-related fitness 
  • Improves cardiovascular and metabolic disease risk profiles
  • Decreases risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood
  • Decreases risk of developing type 2 diabetes in childhood and adulthood 
  • Boosts bone health and development 
  • Improves  mental health and well-being
  • Improves cognitive and academic performance 
  • Betters motor control and physical functioning


A;  We are succeeding with a large majority of children and youth

B;  We are succeeding with well over half of children and youth.

C:  We are succeeding with about half of children and youth.

D:  We are succeeding with less than half, but some, children and youth.

F:  We are succeeding with very few children and youth.

Incomplete. At the present time there is insufficient information available

to establish a grade.


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