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Inactivity levels rise in the U.S.

Washington, DC — The number of inactive persons in the U.S. increased to 68.2 million in 2011 from 67.2 million in 2010, according to a new study released by the Physical Activity Council (PAC), a partnership of six major trade associations in the sports, fitness, and leisure industries. However, inactivity among children ages six to 12 fell slightly from 4.6 million people in 2010 to 4.5 million people in 2011. This may be an early indication that efforts to engage children in sports, recreation and other related physical activities are starting to have a slight effect on America’s youngest generation. Those adults ages 18 and older not participating in any of the physical activities measured continued to increase, rising from 58.7 million in 2010 to 60 million in 2011. The research is part of the 2012 Participation Report, an annual study tracking sports, fitness and recreation participation in the United States.

The PAC’s annual Participation Report measures overall levels of activity and identifies trends in 119 specific sports, fitness and recreation activities. The Report also examines spending habits, the effect of physical education, participation interests among non-participants and — new this year — how physical activity affects voting plans. The Report was conducted by Sports Marketing USA, and the findings are based on an annual online survey of more than 38,000 Americans ages six and older.

“The 2012 Participation Report shows very clearly there’s a lot more work that needs to take place to get American’s more active. With 68.1 million people totally inactive, part of the country’s national agenda to reduce obesity and get health care costs in line has to include a component that addresses ways to get people off their couches and moving.” said Tom Cove, President and CEO of the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association.

The following are highlights from the Physical Activity Council’s 2012 Participation Report:

Active People Plan to Vote

In this year’s study for the first time we asked about people’s plans to vote in the upcoming presidential election. According to David Ingemie, President and CEO of the Snowsports Industries America,

“OF THE 235 MILLION TOTAL PEOPLE 18 PLUS, 175 MILLION OF THEM ARE ACTIVE AMERICANS, AND MOST OF THEM PLAN TO VOTE. IT WOULD BE GREAT IF THERE WERE MORE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY ACTIVE PEOPLE, AND MORE VOTERS.”

Download the Physical Activit Council’s 2012 Participation Report at physicalactivitycouncil.com

 

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