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Are kids getting enough physical activity?

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Brandon Darbhunauth, 13, estimates he gets two to three hours of exercise a day.

"I play football, basketball, cricket, soccer," he said.

But he is not the norm. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds only 25 percent of children his age meet the national guidelines of an hour of moderate to vigorous activity a day.

"This number is good but we can do better," said Tala Fakhouri, an author of the study.

Brandon is an eighth-grader at P.S. 126 in Manhattan, where most of the students play at least one sport. Physical education teacher John DeMatteo says the key is to find the right activity for each child.

"The kids have to have fun. If they're not going to have fun, we are going to lose them to video games and television and computers," DeMatteo said.

Health experts say an hour a day may sound like a lot to some, but it is doable.

"Walking your dog for a long period of time, dancing, playing basketball," Fakhouri said.

Brandon's classmate Kendal Chapman also spends hours a day playing everything from volleyball to basketball to softball.

"I meet a lot of people through sports and I don't like sitting around doing nothing," said Kendal, 13.

And most kids aren't doing nothing. The study found half the children exercised an hour a day five days a week. Basketball was the most popular sport among active boys. Running was the most popular sport among active girls.

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