A new report issued by SGMA found that children are becoming more active, and it may be a result of Americans becoming more aware of the child obesity rate.
The research showed the rates of inactivity fell on the national level from 4.6 million children aged 6 to 12 in 2010 to 4.5 million in 2011, which translates to 16.6 percent to 16 percent. In addition, those who are between 13 and 17 also saw a drop, even though it was slight. Those numbers went from 16.7 percent to 16.4 percent between 2010 and 2011.
That change represents 100,000 children who are now considered 'active,'" said SGMA president Tom Cove. While this improvement is modest, it's a sign we are moving in the right direction as we focus on getting our children in better physical shape."
The report also showed which states had the highest and lowest percentages of active people. Utah, New Hampshire and Idaho had the most active residents, whereas Louisiana, West Virginia and Mississippi had the lowest.