May 1, 2013
MAY 1, 2013 – One-third of the American population age 6 and up is “active to a healthy level,” according to the latest study released by the Physical Activity Council (PAC), a consortium of six major sports, fitness, and leisure trade associations.
The PAC study utilizes a new “calorie burning” component to define activities as low, medium, or high calorie-burning activities. The groundbreaking “active to a healthy level” statistic is defined by the number of Americans that take part in a high calorie-burning activity three or more times a week. Using this definition, the PAC is able to determine that 94.8 million Americans age 6 and older, or 33%, are active to a healthy level.
“Having a third of the U.S. participate in activities to a level deemed healthy is encouraging,” said PAC Chairman and SFIA President & CEO Tom Cove. “It also means that two-thirds of the country is not active to a healthy level and we as a society need to find ways to get America moving. I know the PAC is exploring ways in which this can be done, but the need for more activity needs to be on our national agenda as obesity and health care costs continue to rise.”