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

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?

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


Methodology Notes

Adolescents in grades 9-12: 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 were classified as viewing television for 2 or fewer hours during a school day.

Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020
Healthy People 2020 objectives PA-8 have been modified to reflect the 2008 Federal Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The data are not comparable with Healthy People 2010 Objective 22-11.

References and More Information

  1. Klein, R.J.; Proctor, S.E.; Boudreault, M.A.; Turczyn, K.M. Healthy People 2010 Criteria for Data Suppression. Statistical Notes No. 24. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2002.