(WASHINGTON) -- Many U.S. high school students are not getting the amount of physical activity they need, according to a survey released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC says youth should be physically active for at least one hour each day and should engage in activities that build muscle for a minimum of three days a week.
But the 2010 National Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey found that only 15.3 percent of the teenagers questioned met the aerobic activity suggestion, while 51 percent met the muscle-strengthening one. When both activities were combined, only 12.2 percent of the students met the objectives.
Furthermore, the survey found that fewer female students, upperclassmen, and students with obesity fulfilled the recommendations.
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