DefinitionStudents who were physically active for a total of at least 60 minutes per day
NumeratorNumber of students who answered, "7 days", to the question, "During the past 7 days, on how many days were you physically active for a total of at least 60 minutes per day? (Add up all the time you spent in any kind of physical activity that increased your heart rate and made you breathe hard some of the time.)"
DenominatorNumber of students who answered the question, "During the past 7 days, on how many days were you physically active for a total of at least 60 minutes per day?
Why Is This Important?Physical activity is crucial to maintaining physical health. Among adolescents, regular physical activity helps improve bone health, body weight and composition, physical fitness and mental health. In addition, active adolescents are more likely to become active adults.
Healthy People Objective: PA-3.1, Increase the proportion of adolescents who meet current Federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic physical activity and for muscle-strengthening activity: Aerobic physical activityU.S. Target: 20.2 percent
Other ObjectivesNew Mexico Community Health Status Indicator (CHSI)
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?Compared to the US, a higher percentage of New Mexico high school students report meeting physical activity recommendations.
What Is Being Done?NM Healthier Weight Council's Community and Regional Planning Advisory Group is working to increase awareness among elected officials, health professionals, community planners, and other key stakeholders on the impact of the built environment on physical activity.
Evidence-based PracticesTo increase physical activity using informational approaches, the Task Force on Community Preventive Services recommends community-wide campaigns and point-of-decision prompts. To increase physical activity using behavioral or social approaches, the Task Force recommends school-based physical education, individually-adapted health behavior change programs, and social support interventions in community settings. To increase physical activity using environmental or policy approaches, the Task Force recommends creation of or enhanced access to places for physical activity combined with informational outreach activities, and point-of-decision prompts. For more information, please see the Guide to Community Preventive SErvices: Waht Works to Promote Health? Chapter 2, Physical Activity, http://www.thecommunityguide.org/library/book/index.html.