AH-2 Increase the proportion of adolescents who participate in extracurricular and/or out-of-school activities

National Data Source
National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH); Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (HRSA/MCHB and CDC/NCHS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
82.4 (2007)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Adolescents aged 12-17 participating in one or more organized extra-curricular and/or out-of-school activities
Adolescents aged 12-17
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

This indicator is based on the questions: During the past 12 months, was [S.C.] on a sports team or did [he/she] take sports lessons after school or on weekends? During the past 12 months, did [he/she] participate in any clubs or organizations after school or on weekends? During the past 12 months, did [he/she] participate in any other organized events or activities?

Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Not applicable


Methodology Notes

Responses to the three questions were combined into a single indicator that included 12 – 17 year olds who participated in one or more organized activities. The third question was asked if the respondent did not answer yes to the other two questions.

Children with special Health Care needs are identified by parents’ reports that their child has a health problem expected to last at least 12 months and which requires prescription medication, more services than most children, special therapies, or which limits his or her ability to do things most children can do.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch

The baseline has changed from 82.5% to 82.4% due to a change in the rounding method used. At launch conventional rounding was used for the displayed baseline, however HP2020 is using the 'round half to evens' rule for their display values this decade. The target has been recalculated accordingly based on the original target setting method and the displayed baseline value, and has been revised from 90.8% to 90.6%.