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Health Indicator Report of Physical Activity - Adolescent Prevalence

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.

Adolescent Physical Activity by County, New Mexico, 2017


Rates for Chaves County, Harding County, and Union County were supressed because of inadequate response rates from those counties. The NM rate was calculated from the standard CDC YRRS dataset and is consistent with the rates found on the CDC Website. The county rates were calculated from a special New Mexico dataset that has a larger survey sample size.

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data


Students who were physically active for a total of at least 60 minutes per day


Number 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.)"


Number 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?

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 activity

U.S. Target: 20.2 percent

Other Objectives

New 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 Practices

To 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,

Available Services

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Page Content Updated On 01/07/2019, Published on 01/07/2019
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Content updated: Mon, 7 Jan 2019 16:46:32 MST