Male youth are more likely to be engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity than female youth, but once the kids grow up, the gap evens out, according to a new study.

In 2009, researchers observed 2,454 youth and 6,401 adults in Kansas City, Mo. Among the adults, there was no difference in activity based on gender.

Researchers found the youth were more frequently active on trails, playgrounds, open spaces, pools and picnic shelters. Adults mostly used paved trails, open spaces, playgrounds, picnic shelters and tennis courts. Male adults were more active in open spaces than female adults. And whites appeared to be more likely to use parks for their activities compared to nonwhites.

Source: Preventing Chronic Disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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