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13-year-old Brandon Darbhunauth estimates he gets two to three hours of exercise a day.

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

But he is not the norm. A new study from the CDC finds only 25% 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," says Dr. Tala Fakhouri.

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.

"he 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."

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

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

Brandon's classmate Kendal Chapman also spends hours a day playing everything from volleyball to basketball and softball. "I meet a lot of people through sports and I don't like sitting around doing nothing."

And most kids aren't doing nothing. The study found half the children exercised an hour a day five days a week.

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