Study Says, Not Enough American Teenagers Getting Proper Exercise During Coronavirus

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Just nine percent of American teens are getting enough physical activity during the pandemic, a new study reveals. Researchers from the United States and Canada say that number has fallen significantly from the already paltry 16 percent getting enough exercise prior to COVID-19.

Health experts have recommended that kids get about 60 minutes of physical activity per day, especially in the midst of the pandemic, which has increased the number of sedentary habits both children and adults participate in.

“The pandemic led to the cancellation of in-person physical education classes and organized sports, gym and recreational facility closures, and rises in screen use, which all contributed to lower physical activity for teens,” says lead author Jason Nagata, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of California-San Francisco, in a media release.

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SOURCE: Study Finds, Chris Melore