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YRBS Middle School Results: Grades 7 - 8
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Section 6: Physical Activity


Background

Regular physical activity can increase life expectancy11. Physical activity can also enhance mental health and self-esteem, of particular benefit to adolescents12. As with nutrition, development of good exercise habits in childhood and adolescence which are maintained into adulthood can prevent or delay many chronic diseases.

Physical Activity

Over 80% of middle school boys and girls report that they have exercised or played sports 3 of the past 7 days. Both boys and girls report similar exercise frequencies, although boys are slightly more likely than girls to play on a sports team.

Participated in Exercise or Sports Activities



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