CHICAGO — Children enrolled in YMCA programs not only have positive attitudes about physical activity, but they also are more physically active than the average U.S. child, according to a national poll targeting 6- to 12-year-old children conducted by YMCA of the USA.
Among the YMCA children surveyed, half said they exercise, dance or actively play six or seven days a week. Another one-third of the kids said they are active four or five days a week. Eighty-one percent of the kids said they “very much” like play that “helps me move my body.” Only 1 percent said they do “not at all” like physical play.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 77 percent of U.S. children are active at least one day a week.
“These survey results are encouraging,” says Neil Nicoll, president and CEO of YMCA of the USA. “With all of the negative statistics about kids, obesity and inactivity, we were really pleased to find that kids engaged with a YMCA have positive attitudes about physical activity, and many are meeting or exceeding federal recommendations for exercise and active play.”