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Children and teens not exercising regularly in United States

Children and teens not exercising regularly

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Definition and Source



The share of children and teens age 6 to 17 who engaged in less than 4 days of vigorous physical activity in the past week.

The National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) interviews the parent or most knowledgeable adult to determine, "During the past week, on how many days did (child) exercise or participate in physical activity for at least 20 minutes that made him/her sweat and breathe hard?"

Data Source

Child Trends analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, National Survey of Children’s Health.

The state-level data used here come from the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). The NSCH includes information on approximately 50,000 children under age 18, with representative samples for each state. For more information on the NSCH, see


S - Estimates suppressed when the 95% confidence interval is greater than 20 percentage points or 1.2 times the estimate.
N.A. – Data not available.
Percentages exclude missing data. Weighted percentages were applied to the estimates of those missing to derive overall estimates for the number of children.

Last Updated

May 2023