Increase the proportion of adolescents who do enough aerobic physical activity — PA‑06

Status: Getting worse

Getting worse

Most Recent Data:
23.9 percent (2021)

30.6 percent

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

26.1 percent of students in grades 9 through 12 were physically active for at least 60 minutes on all 7 days of the past week in 2017

Increase the proportion of adolescents who meet the current aerobic physical activity guideline

Target-Setting Method
Percentage point improvement


Adolescents need at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, and most of that 60 minutes should be aerobic activity. 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.