Fitness and Physical Activities

Regular physical activity is an integral part of leading a healthy lifestyle, managing weight and decreasing the risk of a host of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Physical activity also contributes to physical and mental well-being and a longer life expectancy (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009).

This set of indicators tracks both physical activity and sedentary behaviors, such as frequency and duration of participation in sports versus time spent watching television or playing video games (Pinard et al, 2010).

At the program level, assessing success may be done by comparing physical activity levels at program intake, at later intervals, and/or at exit. It is also meaningful to compare results for the current cohort with those of previous cohorts.

By Urban Institute


Surveys / Assessments


Sources Cited

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010). Physical Activity for Everyone. Accessed on January 14, 2011.

Pinard, C.A., Smith, T.A., Heires, P., Carlson, K., and Yaroch, A.L. (2010). Healthy Living Evaluation: Indicators and Measures for Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Injury Prevention for the National 4-H Council.