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MinKyoung Song, Dianna D. Carroll, Sarah M. Lee and Janet E. Fulton


The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines recommend youth participate in a variety of physical activities; however, few nationally representative studies describe the types and variety of youth activity. This study assessed the most frequently reported types and variety of activities among U.S. high school students, and examined the association between variety and meeting the 2008 Guidelines for aerobic activity (aerobic guideline).


We analyzed data on 8628 U.S. high school students in grades 9–12 from the 2010 National Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey. Types of physical activity were assessed by identifying which activities each student reported in the past 7 days. Variety was assessed by the total number of different activities each student reported. Percentage (95% CI) of students who reported engaging in each activity was assessed. Logistic regression was used to examine the association between variety and meeting the aerobic guideline.


Walking was the most frequently reported activity among U.S. high school students. On average, students reported participating in 6 different activities. Variety was positively associated with meeting the aerobic guideline.


These findings support encouraging youth to participate in many physical activities and may be useful for developing interventions that focus on the most prevalent activities.

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Chen-Kang Chang and Ching-Lin Wu

and peers. Future research should focus on this important issue. Acknowledgment The 2018 Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) Report Card is funded by National Taiwan University of Sport. References 1. National Health Research Institute . Nutrition and Health Survey in Taiwan 2010: Junior high school students

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Chiaki Tanaka, Shigeho Tanaka, Shigeru Inoue, Motohiko Miyachi, Koya Suzuki, Takafumi Abe and John J. Reilly

more per week was 31%. 53% of 5th grade primary school students and 2nd year junior high school students reported that their guardians encourage them often or sometimes to exercise or do sports. The prevalence of obesity (BMI >=25.0 kg/m 2 ) and underweight in Japanese adults was 34%. Participation in

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Jung-Woo Oh, JungJun Lim, Sang-Hwa Lee, Yu-sun Jin, Bumjo Oh, Chung Gun Lee, Deok Hwan Lee, Eun-Young Lee, Han Joo Lee, Hyon Park, Hyun Joo Kang, Justin Y. Jeon, Mi-Seong Yu, Sang-Hoon Suh, SeJung Park, So Jung Lee, Soo Jung Park, Wook Song, Yewon Yu, Yoonkyung Song, Youngwon Kim and Yeon Soo Kim

participation in physical education classes, which was particularly in high school students. The Government indicator was graded “D” given the recent budget cuts for physical activity-related policies by the government. Table 1 Grades and rationales for South Korea’s 2018 Report Card Indicator Grade Rationale

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Peter T. Katzmarzyk, Kara D. Denstel, Kim Beals, Jordan Carlson, Scott E. Crouter, Thomas L. McKenzie, Russell R. Pate, Susan B. Sisson, Amanda E. Staiano, Heidi Stanish, Dianne S. Ward, Melicia Whitt-Glover and Carly Wright

Approximately 54% of high school students reported playing on at least one sports team in the previous year (2017 YRBSS). Approximately 56% and 50% of 6-12 year old children reported playing a team sport (organized or unorganized) or an individual sport, respectively, at least once a year (State of Play 2017

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Paweł Zembura, Agata Korcz, Elżbieta Cieśla, Aleksandra Gołdys and Hanna Nałȩcz

Epidemiol Community Health . 1998 ; 52 ( 6 ): 377 – 384 . PubMed ID: 9764259. doi:10.1136/jech.52.6.377. 9764259 10.1136/jech.52.6.377 5. Lubowiecki-Vikuk A , Biernat E . Organized and unorganized forms of physical activity in leisure time among junior high school students in relation to individual

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Janet E. Fulton, David M. Buchner, Susan A. Carlson, Deborah Borbely, Kenneth M. Rose, Ann E. O’Connor, Janelle P. Gunn and Ruth Petersen

of chronic diseases, achieving population-level improvement can be challenging. Physical activity levels of Americans remain low, with only small improvements over the past 20 years. 6 In 2015, approximately half of US adults and 3 quarters of US high school students (about 130 million people) did

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Mindi Fisher, Ryan Tierney, Anne Russ and Jamie Mansell

Athletes with ADHD: Examining Differences Based on Medication Use Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Young Student Athletes Study Participants 4,238 male football players from 15 US colleges from 1999–2001; 3,961 high school student athletes from southeastern

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George B. Cunningham, Erin Buzuvis and Chris Mosier

department conducted an investigation into the Township School District in Palatine, IL, which had prohibited a transgender girl who was a high school student and athlete on a girls’ sport team from using the girls’ locker rooms to change for practice and physical education classes. Instead, the school

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Elin Ekblom-Bak, Örjan Ekblom, Gunnar Andersson, Peter Wallin and Björn Ekblom

, 27 may serve as unmotivating factors for students equivocal to the subject and increase the risk of dropping out. Swedish junior high-school and high-school students identified as frequent dropouts from PE class were found to smoke and drink alcohol more often, skip other compulsory classes, have a