More than a third of California teenagers are not participating in school-based physical education, according to new numbers from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
The policy brief blames cuts in funding and exemptions that allow high schoolers to opt out of two years of PE.
Only 42 percent of California teens report participating in PE on a daily basis, the study found, and more than 80 percent of all teens fail to meet federal recommendations for physical activity.
The report relies on data from the 2007 California Health Interview Survey.
See the full policy brief here.