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PA-8.2.3 Data Details

PA-8.2.3 Increase the proportion of adolescents in grades 9 through 12 who view television, videos, or play video games for no more than 2 hours a day

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (CDC/NCHHSTP)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
67.2 (2009)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of students in grades  9 through 12 who report watching TV for 2 or fewer hours on an average school day
Number of students in grades  9 through 12
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System:


On an average school day, how many hours do you watch TV?

  1. I do not watch TV on an average school day
  2. Less than 1 hour per day
  3. 1 hour per day
  4. 2 hours per day
  5. 3 hours per day
  6. 4 hours per day
  7. 5 or more hours per day
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

Adolescents in grades 9 through 12: Students who report that they did not watch TV on an average school day or watched TV less than 1 hour per day, 1 hour per day, or 2 hours per day are classified as viewing television for 2 or fewer hours during a school day.

Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020
This objective differs from Healthy People 2010 objective 22-11 in that the objective has been modified to reflect the 2008 Federal Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The data for the Healthy People 2010 and 2020 objectives are not comparable.