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National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey : National Youth Fitness Survey Plan, operations and analysis, 2012
  • Published Date:
    April 2014
  • Language:
    English
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  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Health Statistics (U.S.) ; National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (U.S.) ;
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  • Description:
    Background: In October 2008, the federal government issued its first-ever Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to provide science-based guidance on the types and amounts of physical activity that provide substantial health benefits for Americans (1). Guidelines for children and adolescents recommend 60 minutes or more of aerobic, muscle-strengthening, or bone-strengthening physical activity daily (1). While the number of children in the United States who meet the recommendations in the Physical Activity Guidelines is unknown, the percentage that is physically active in the United States may be declining. No recent national data exist on the fitness levels of children and adolescents. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey’s (NHANES) National Youth Fitness Survey (NNYFS) was conducted in 2012 and collected data on physical activity and fitness levels for U.S. children and adolescents aged 3–15 years.

    Objectives: The objective of NNYFS was to provide national-level estimates of the physical activity and fitness levels of children, based on interview and physical examination data. Results from the survey are intended to contribute to the development of policies and programs to improve youth fitness nationally. The data also may be used in the development of national reference standards for measures of fitness and physical activity.

    Methods: The NNYFS survey design used the design for NHANES, which is a multistage probability sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized resident population of the United States. NNYFS consisted of a household interview and a physical activity and fitness examination in a mobile examination center. A total of 1,640 children and adolescents aged 3–15 were interviewed, and 1,576 were examined.

    Suggested citation: Borrud L, Chiappa M, Burt V, et al. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: National Youth Fitness Survey plan, operations, and analysis, 2012. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 2(163). 2014.

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