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President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Facts and Statistics

  • Only one in three children are physically active every day.
  • Children now spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen (e.g., TV, video games, computer).
  • Only about one in five homes have parks within a half-mile, and about the same number have a fitness or recreation center within that distance.
  • Only six states (Illinois, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York and Vermont) require physical education in every grade, K-12.
  • 28 percent of Americans, or 80.2 million people, age six and older are physically inactive.
  • Nearly one-third of high school students play video or computer games for three or more hours on an average school day.
  • Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.
  • Nearly 45 percent of children living in poverty are overweight or obese compared with 22 percent of children living in households with incomes four times the poverty level. (Source)

Disparities in Physical Education in NYC

In May 2015, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer released Dropping the Ball: Disparities in Physical Education in New York City School that reported:

  • 26% percent of children in grades K-8 are obese or severely obese
  • 32% of NYC’s schools do not have full-time certified PE teachers
  • 28% of NYC’s schools do not have dedicated space for PE

NYRR is addressing these disparities and providing free running programming to 37% of New York City schools.

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