In California, 2 in 3 kids fail to meet exercise standards, according to UCLA study

A report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research finds adults are walking more than they did a decade ago.


California‘s weather encourages year-round outdoor activity. Yet just 1 in 3 children and only 1 in 5 teens in the state exercise for the one hour per day that’s recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

In contrast, a greater percentage of California adults are walking regularly. A related report by the Center found that 4 in 5 adults walk for transportation (to reach work, for example), for leisure or both – an increase from 3 in 4 a decade earlier. In fairness to children, though, the study’s authors estimate that just 1 in 3 adults meet the CDC-recommended goal of 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise.


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