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2012 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

Session I - Session II - Session III - Session IV

A Comparison of Physical Activity Levels of Male and Female Adolescent Public School Students

According to the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBSS), across the entire United States males have better scores than females in every category related to physical activity. The same results have been found within the state of New York as well. According to Healthy People 2020, physical activity in adolescents can improve bone health, cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, decrease levels of body fat, and reduce levels of depression (United States Department of Health and Human Services [HHS], Healthy People 2020, 2011). Since 1999, both obesity and overweight among adolescents has seen an increase (YRBSS, 2009). The YRBSS is a nation school-based survey conducted by the CDC to monitor six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults. This study aims to compare the physical activity levels of males and females in Monroe County, NY public high schools. The most recent YRBSS study data are being used to discover any trends. Based on the results of the 2011 New York State (excluding New York City) YRBSS data, it has shown that high school males have higher levels of physical activity than high school females within Monroe County, NY.

Presenter: Christopher Amico (The College at Brockport (SUNY)) --
Topic: Health - Poster Session
Location: Edwards Hall Lobby
Time: 9 am (Session I)