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Overweight and Physical Activity Among Children:  A Portrait of States and the Nation, 2005
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Physical Activity and the Neighborhood

Safety in the neighborhood or community, as defined by parents, appears to be related to physical activity and participation in sports. Among those children living in neighborhoods that are usually or always safe, 72.8 percent exercise on 3 or more days per week; this is compared to 63.8 percent of children living in neighborhoods that are reportedly never or only sometimes safe.

Safety in the neighborhood or community is similarly related to participation in sports among children. Of those children living in neighborhoods that are usually or always safe, 60.9 percent participate in sports teams or take sports lessons; among those children living in neighborhoods that are reportedly never or only sometimes safe, 47.2 percent participate in sports.

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This chartbook is based on data from the National Survey of Children's Health. Suggested citation: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The National Survey of Children's Health 2003. Rockville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2005.