Adolescents physical activity habits - results from a national health survey
Child: Care, Health, and Development, 06/14/2012
Zach S et al. – Results highlight the need to develop programmes for school children in Israel to promote PA. Such programmes have been initiated in many countries that have a large percentage of adolescents with a sedentary lifestyle.Methods
- Participants were 6274 adolescents, grades 7–12, enrolled in a cross-sectional, representative, school-based survey.
- Sufficient level of PA was defined as any moderate and vigorous level of PA that adds up daily to 60 min/day.
- Light PA was considered to be an insufficient level of PA.
- Only 10.5% of the participants reported performing sufficient PA. Large gender differences were found, with 17.7% of boys versus only 4.6% of girls meeting the guidelines.