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Only about 1 in 5 King County teens met physical activity standards in 2010.

Regular physical activity helps control weight, strengthen bones and muscles, and boost mental health and academic performance. It also reduces the risks of many chronic illnesses. Federal guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise for adults; and at least an hour of exercise each day for children and teens.

Applying 2008 federal physical activity guidelines for children and teens, Communities Count analyzed survey data on King County youth. Note: the new guidelines differ from those used in earlier Communities Count reports.

  • Across all King County regions in 2010, the vast majority of public-school teens in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 failed to meet federal standards for physical activity.
  • Overall, only 21% of King County teens met the federal standard.