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High School Kids Get Too Many Sugary Drinks, Too Little Exercise: CDC
Date:6/17/2011

By Alan Mozes
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, June 16 (HealthDay News) When it comes to the eating and exercise habits of America's teens, new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paints a decidedly pessimistic picture.

Not only are high school kids guzzling far too many high-calorie sodas, they're also getting very little exercise, the CDC research team found.

In fact, just one in 10 high school boys and girls are meeting the minimum goals for physical activity outlined by in the CDC's recently released "Healthy People 2020" report, the researchers found.

The twin studies -- one on exercise and the other on beverage consumption among high school students -- stem from an anonymous 2010 survey of nearly 11,500 boys and girls in grades 9 to 12 at both public and private schools across 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The findings from the two studies appear in the June 17 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

For example, the CDC has called for youth to engage in a minimum of one hour of aerobic exercise per day, along with a minimum of three hours of muscle-strengthening activity per week.

But just over 15 percent of poll participants met the aerobic objectives, while only about half met the strength-building goal. Only 12.2 percent met both guidelines.

The poll's data on nutrition was no more encouraging. While the survey showed that water, milk and 100 percent fruit juices remain the most popular beverages among teens, it found that the consumption of sodas, sports drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages is all too common.

In the week leading up to the survey, for example, nearly a quarter of the teens said they had drunk soda, while about 16 percent said they consumed a sports drink. Another 17 percent said they had knocked back a sugar-sweetened sports drink at least once a day during that week.

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