Increase the proportion of adolescents who do enough aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity — PA‑08

Status: Getting worse

Getting worse

Most Recent Data:
16.0 percent (2021)

24.1 percent

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

20.0 percent of students in grades 9 through 12 were physically active for at least 60 minutes on all 7 days of the past week and participated in muscle-strengthening activity on 3 or more days of the past week in 2017

Increase the proportion of adolescents who meet current guidelines for aerobic physical activity and muscle-strengthening activity

Target-Setting Method
Percentage point improvement


Adolescents need at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, including muscle-strengthening activities at least 3 days a week. Physical activity improves heart, muscle, bone, and mental health in adolescents. Strategies at the community and family level — and in schools and child care centers — can promote physical activity in adolescents.