More Reasons To Participate.

1. One in three U.S. children born in 2000 will contract Type II diabetes unless their lifestyles emphasize eating less and exercising more. The odds are one in two for African American and Hispanic children. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics)

2. Kids today spend an average of 5-1/2 hours a day in front of a TV or computer. (“Kaiser Family Foundation, 1999)

3. Daily attendance in P.E. dropped from 42% to 25% among high school students between 1991 and 1995. (U.S.Department of Health and Human Services, 1996)

4. One in four children does not attend any school P.E., and fewer than one in four children get 20 minutes of vigorous activity every day. (National Association for Sport & Physical Education)

5. Girls who play sports have higher levels of self-esteem and lower levels of depression. (The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, 1997)

6. Teenage female athletes are less than half as likely to get pregnant. (Women’s Sports Foundation Report: Sports and Teen Pregnancy, Women’s Sports Foundation.Report: Sports and Teen Pregnancy, 1998)

7. Only one state – Illinois – has a mandatory daily requirement for physical education for grades K through 12. (National Association for Sport & Physical Education)

8. Kids born today are expected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents due to inactivity and diet. (Obesity Week, Feb 3, 2002: v2, #5)

Data compiled by Nike Go

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