Updated September 2020: Fewer than one quarter of U.S. high school students, 23.2%, were physically active for at least 60 minutes on a daily basis, according to the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) report. The YRBSS is a biannual measure of self-reported health behaviors among U.S. high school students released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Analysis from the CDC concluded that, overall, the “prevalence of health-promoting physical activity behaviors was low in 2019 and either decreased or did not change during the previous 10 years.” Specifically, the percentage of students meeting recommendations for physical activity declined significantly from 2011 to 2019.
The feature below includes national and state by state data on four questions related to physical activity. Other features on the site include additional data from YRBSS on nutrition behaviors and obesity rates.