Kaigang Li, PhD, a Colorado State University researcher has uncovered evidence about adolescents’ lack of physical activity, and the results are not good.

The CDC recommends a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day for the health of children and adolescents. Li found that, on average, 91% of his sample were not getting at least an hour of physical activity each day. “It’s a huge problem,” said Li. “Parents and schools need to be doing more to help kids make exercise part of their daily life.”

“Teens need to learn how to exercise by themselves, or they may not know how when they get to college,” Li said. “They need to be able to do it on their own once they leave high school and home. They will need to have the skills to manage their time and improve their health and lifestyles.”

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