NRPA Park Pulse

October 1, 2016, Department, by National Recreation and Park Association

NRPA Park Pulse is a new monthly poll of Americans focused on park and recreation issues. Questions each month span from the serious to the more lighthearted, but always help tell the park and recreation story. This month, we take a closer look at attitudes surrounding physical activity in children.

Children’s Physical Activity Opportunities Lacking

A Park Pulse poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association asked 1,017 Americans ages 18+ whether they agree there should be more opportunities today for physical activity in children. 

Park and recreation agencies are committed to providing children with year-round opportunities to get active.

  • 96% of Americans agree children should be given more opportunities to be physically active

  • 83% of Americans believe park and recreation centers can provide opportunities for physical activity outside of school grounds

  • 81% of Americans believe more opportunities on school grounds, such as gym or playgrounds, should be offered to children


©2016 National Recreation and Park Association

Based upon a survey conducted for the National Recreation and Park Association by Wakefield Research among 1,017 nationally representative Americans, ages 18+, between June 16th and June 23rd, 2016, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population ages 18+. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample. All decimals are rounded to the nearest percentage point. This may result in certain numerical totals adding up to slightly more or less that 100%.