Physical Inactivity Has Drastic Consequences
32% of children are overweight or obese
71% of 17-to-24-year-olds do not qualify for U.S. Military for health issues
$117 billion spent annually in healthcare costs associated to physical inactivity
...and it's getting worse.
By 2030, Americans are projected to be half as active as they were in 1965. Currently, 71% of girls and 58% of boys fail to reach the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommended 60 minutes of daily activity.
Despite these unfortunate statistics, we know that if children have the ability, confidence and desire to be active by age 12, they are more likely to develop fitness habits that last a lifetime.
What’s at Risk?
Physical inactivity and obesity are major risk factors for cancer, heart disease, bone disease and depression.
If these numbers don’t improve, the CDC estimates that the combined medical costs associated with treating preventable obesity-related diseases alone could increase by up to $66 billion per year by 2030.
What’s the Reward?
Physical activity does more than just burn calories. When we are active, we are improving our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Higher test scores and productivity
More likely to graduate high school and attend college
Improved mental health, mood and self-esteem
Lower healthcare costs and reduced risk of life- threatening diseases