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Complete Indicator Profile of Physical Activity: Adult Prevalence

Definition

Among adults, physical activity recommendations include 30 minutes of moderate intensity activities 5 or more days of the week OR 20 minutes of vigorous intensity activities 3 or more days of the week.

Numerator

Number of adults meeting physical activity recommendations from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Denominator

Number of adults from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Data Interpretation Issues

Data from the BRFSS survey should be considered representative of all non-institutionalized adults in households with telephones. Data were collected using a random sample of all possible telephone numbers. Prior to analysis, data were weighted to adjust for probability of selection of the household and the randomly selected adult and to represent the population distribution of adults by sex, age group, and area of residence. As with all surveys, some error results from sampling (i.e. collecting information from only a subset of the entire population), non-response (e.g., refusal to participate in the survey or to answer specific questions) and measurement (e.g., social desirability or recall bias). Error was minimized by use of strict calling protocols (up to 15 calls were made to each randomly selected household over day, evening, and weekend calling periods), good questionnaire design, standardization of interviewer behavior, interviewer training, and frequent, on-site interviewer monitoring and supervision.

Why Is This Important?

Physical activity among adults has numerous benefits, including: reducing risk of heart disease and stroke, improving physical fitness, bone health and mental health, preventing high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, prediabetes and diabetes, maintaining health weight and increasing mobility. Among older adults, physical activity in crucial in preventing falls.

Other Objectives

New Mexico's Community Health Status Indicators

How Are We Doing?

Since 2001, the percentage of adults in New Mexico who meet physical activity recommendations has remained static, which is similar to the trend in the US.

How Do We Compare With U.S.?

Compared to the US, a higher percentage of New Mexico adults report meeting physical activity recommendations.

Evidence-based Practices

To increase physical activity using informational approaches, the Task Force on Community Preventive Services recommends community-wide campaigns and point-of-decision prompts. To increase physical activity using behavioral or social approaches, the Task Force recommends school-based physical education, individually-adapted health behavior change programs, and social support interventions in community settings. To increase physical activity using environmental or policy approaches, the Task Force recommends creation of or enhanced access to places for physical activity combined with informational outreach activities, and point-of-decision prompts. For more information, please see the Guide to Community Preventive SErvices: Waht Works to Promote Health? Chapter 2, Physical Activity, http://www.thecommunityguide.org/library/book/index.html.

Available Services

Albuquerque Prescription Trails - http://www.cabq.gov/parks/prescription-trails
EnhanceFitness - http://www.projectenhance.org/



Related Indicators

Relevant Population Characteristics

Income is associated with meeting physical activity recommendations. In 2007, a significantly lower percentage of adults reporting earning less than $10,000 per year meet physical activity recommendations compared to adults who earn $20,000 or more per year.

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicator Profiles:


Health Status Outcomes

Regular physical activity during adulthood can be protective against numerous chronic health conditions.

Related Health Status Outcomes Indicator Profiles:




Graphical Data Views

Adults With Recommended Physical Activity by Year, New Mexico vs. U.S. 2001-2009

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New Mexico vs. U.S. Year Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit Numer- ator Denom- inator
Record Count: 10
New Mexico 2001 50.2% 48.2% 52.2%
New Mexico 2003 51.3% 49.6% 53.0%
New Mexico 2005 51.0% 49.2% 52.8%
New Mexico 2007 53.3% 51.5% 55.1%
New Mexico 2009 53.3% 51.6% 55.0% 4,129 8,080
U.S. 2001 46.1%
U.S. 2003 47.4%
U.S. 2005 49.1%
U.S. 2007 49.5%
U.S. 2009 51.0%

Data Notes

The physical activity questions are administered only in odd years.   U.S. values are the median of all U.S. states for each particular year.

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.



Adult Physical Activity by Sex, New Mexico 2007

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Sex Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit Numer- ator
Record Count: 6
Male 57.1% 54.4% 59.8% 1,256
Female 49.6% 47.4% 51.8% 1,823

Data Notes

The physical activity questions are administered only in odd years.

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.



Adult Physical Activity by Race/Ethnicity, New Mexico 2007

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Race Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit Numer- ator
Record Count: 7
American Indian/Alaska Native 45.8% 41.0% 50.8% 286
Asian/Pacific Islander 57.3% 46.0% 67.8% 24
Black/African American 58.9% 47.2% 69.7% 29
Hispanic 51.5% 49.2% 53.7% 876
White 45.1% 43.5% 46.7% 1,840
New Mexico 53.3% 51.5% 55.1% 3,079
United States 49.5%

Data Notes

The physical activity questions are administered only in odd years.   U.S. value is median for all U.S. states and D.C. for 2007.

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.



Adult Physical Activity by County, New Mexico 2005 & 2007

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County Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
Record Count: 35
Bernalillo 55.0% 52.2% 57.7%
Catron **
Chaves 43.9% 37.7% 50.4%
Cibola 42.5% 33.6% 51.9%
Colfax 54.4% 43.7% 64.6%
Curry 43.8% 37.2% 50.6%
De Baca **
Dona Ana 47.9% 44.4% 51.3%
Eddy 53.1% 46.7% 59.3%
Grant 48.4% 40.2% 56.7%
Guadalupe **
Harding **
Hidalgo **
Lea 42.8% 36.8% 49.0%
Lincoln 51.2% 42.0% 60.3%
Los Alamos 58.4% 49.6% 66.7%
Luna 41.4% 28.7% 55.4%
McKinley 57.2% 50.4% 63.7%
Mora **
Otero 51.2% 45.1% 57.4%
Quay 46.3% 35.2% 57.8%
Rio Arriba 46.6% 39.1% 54.2%
Roosevelt 42.5% 32.3% 53.4%
Sandoval 54.0% 49.4% 58.5%
San Juan 56.0% 51.5% 60.4%
San Miguel 51.7% 41.9% 61.3%
Santa Fe 57.5% 53.4% 61.6%
Sierra 38.6% 27.4% 51.1%
Socorro 47.5% 31.4% 64.2%
Taos 54.8% 45.9% 63.4%
Torrance 43.2% 31.2% 55.9%
Union **
Valencia 53.5% 47.9% 59.0%
NM 53.3% 51.5% 55.1%
US 49.5%
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The counties are shaded according to whether the county rate is lower, higher, or the same as the New Mexico statewide overall rate. A county rate is considered statistically higher than the state overall if the lower limit of the county rate 95% confidence interval was higher than the state rate. A county rate is considered statistically lower than the state overall if the upper limit of the county rate 95% confidence interval was lower than the state rate.

Data Notes

The physical activity questions are administered only in odd years.   New Mexico value is for 2007. U.S. value is the median of all U.S. states and D.C. for 2007. The county-level BRFSS data used for this smoking indicator were weighted to be representative of the New Mexico Health Region populations. Had the data been weighted to be representative of each county population, the results would likely have been different.

**Data were not available for some counties due to insufficient numbers of people (fewer than 50) from those counties who were surveyed in the BRFSS. For 2005 & 2007, Catron, De Baca, Guadalupe, Harding, Hidalgo, Mora, and Union counties did not meet th DOH small numbers rule. The county-level BRFSS data used for this physical activity indicator were weighted to be representative of the New Mexico Health Region populations. Had the data been weighted to be representative of each county population, the results would likely have been different.

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.


References and Community Resources

http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/

More Resources and Links

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

For an on-line medical dictionary, click on this Dictionary link.

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Content updated: Wed, 3 Jul 2013 14:06:32 MDT