February '18

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8 | THE TEAM SALES REPORT 2018 Another worrisome trend is the impact of household income discrepancies on lev- els of physical activity. Low-income house- holds have double the levels of physical in- activity. More than 40 percent of individu- als from households with annual incomes of less than $25,000 are physically inactive, compared to only 18 percent of those from households with annual incomes of more than $100,000. Low-income households have also had the greatest gains in physi- cal inactivity, growing by 14.3 percent on average since 2012. THE EMPHASIS ON P.E. CANNOT BE OVERSTATED One of the big issues with the lack of physi- cal activity in children is the lack of physi- cal education classes in U.S. schools. The U.S. education system is not giving P.E. the attention and respect that it needs and de- serves. "In America, 48 percent of all high schools have no P.E. The average budget for physical education in schools is $764 per year for an entire school," explains Jim Baugh, founder of PHIT America. "Let's be real, when you take physical education out of our schools and parents allow their chil- dren to be so sedentary, this leads to health and fitness issues that are significant. Elec- tronic devices are keeping kids sedentary." The Physical Activity Council data also verifies that individuals who have P.E. in school are nearly two to three times more likely to participate in some physical activ- ity as adults than individuals who do not have P.E. in school. In short, if children are THE INACTIVITY EPIDEMIC These charts show recent data reflect- ing the decline in both physical activity in children and the instances where play was provided. (Charts courtesy the author) Low-income households have double the levels of physi- cal inactivity. The Percent of Children Active 'To Healthy Standards' Keeps Dropping The Percent of Kids Who Are Active 3 Times A Week In Any Activity

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