Sports and Health
The State of Play in America

Summary

The vast majority of children in America play sports. But while about three out of four adults played sports when they were younger, only one in four still plays sports today, and men are more than twice as likely as women to play. Why do we give up sports as we grow older? A new poll conducted by NPR, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health offers fresh insight into how and why adults and kids do — and don’t — play sports. What obstacles keep adults off the field? How can sports help keep kids and adults healthy, and how might programs and policies encourage more widespread participation, particularly among women and lower-income adults? What role do parents play in helping children get, and stay, active?

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Presented in Collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NPR

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