Youth Daily Physical Activity Assessment
Why is this important?
- Typical weekday and weekend activity logs can be used to assess activity levels of children from middle to high school.
- Use the Youth Pedometer Step Count Activity Log to document the quality and quantity of physical activity over a three-day period. The provider then can make recommendations for further activity based on recent trends for U.S. children as needed.
- Record step counts for three consecutive school days and two weekend days.
- Explain how to use a pedometer and the purpose of the assessment both at school and at home.
- Give these instructions:
- Wear the pedometer tightly on your waist/beltline and directly over your right leg.
- Reset your pedometer to ZERO after each day.
- Record your total step count for three full school days (e.g., 7 a.m. to bedtime).
- Record your total step count for two full weekend days (e.g., 7 a.m. to bedtime).
- Include the pedometer step count during any sport event (when the pedometer can be worn with your athletic gear).
- Compare the quantity and quality of the physical activity from the log to the U.S. Children and Youth Average Pedometer Steps per Day.
U.S. Children and Youth Average Pedometer Steps per Day (for 6 - 11 years)*
|Days of the Week
|Average per day
These step values reflect all activity including spontaneous movements (i.e., fidgeting) as well as foot strikes from walking.
* Tudor-Locke C et.al. Accelerometer-Determined Steps/Day in U.S. Children and Youth. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2010; 42(5):50.