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PA-8.2.1 Data Details

PA-8.2.1 Increase the proportion of children aged 2 to 5 years 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
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (CDC/NCHS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
75.6 (2005-2008)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of children aged 2 to 5 years whose parent reports that they watch TV or videos for 2 or fewer hours
Number of children aged 2 to 5 years
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2005-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey:


Over the past 30 days, on average how many hours per day did your child sit and watch TV or videos? Would you say ...

  1. Less than 1 hour
  2. 1 hour
  3. 2 hours
  4. 3 hours
  5. 4 hours
  6. 5 hours or more
  7. None
  8. Refused
  9. Don't know
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Not applicable
Methodology Notes

Children aged 2-5: Children whose parents report that their child did not watch TV over the past 30 days or on average 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.