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Complete Health Indicator Report of Physical Activity - Adult Prevalence

Definition

Among adults, the proportion who meet aerobic physical activity recommendations of at least 150 minutes/week of moderate intensity, or 75 minutes/week of vigorous intensity, or an equivalent combination.

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 for this indicator report are from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an ongoing survey of adults regarding their health-related behaviors, health conditions, and preventive services. Data are collected in all 50 states, D.C., and U.S. territories. Responses have been weighted to reflect the New Mexico adult population by age, sex, ethnicity, geographic region, marital status, education level, home ownership and type of phone ownership. The survey is conducted using scientific telephone survey methods for landline and cellular phones (with cellular since 2011). The landline phone portion of the survey excludes adults living in group quarters such as college dormitories, nursing homes, military barracks, and prisons. The cellular phone portion of the survey includes adult students living in college dormitories but excludes other group quarters. Beginning with 2011, the BRFSS updated its surveillance methods by adding in calls to cell phones and changing its weighting methods. These changes improve BRFSS' ability to take into account the increasing proportion of U.S. adults using only cellular telephones as well as to adjust survey data to improve the representativeness of the estimates generated from the survey. Results have been adjusted for the probability of selection of the respondent, and have been weighted to the adult population by age, gender, phone type, detailed race/ethnicity, renter/owner, education, marital status, and geographic area. Lastly and importantly, these changes mean that the data from years prior to 2011 are not directly comparable to data from 2011 and beyond. Please see the [https://ibis.health.state.nm.us/view/docs/Query/BRFSS/BRFSS_fact_sheet_Aug2012.pdf BRFSS Method Change Factsheet]. The "missing" and "don't know" responses are removed before calculating a percentage.

Why Is This Important?

Physical activity among adults has numerous benefits, including: reducing risk of heart disease, stroke, and some cancers; improving physical fitness, bone health, and mental health; preventing high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, prediabetes and diabetes; maintaining a healthy weight, and increasing mobility; brain health benefits, including improved cognitive function, reduced anxiety and depression risk, and improved sleep and quality of life. Among older adults, physical activity is crucial in preventing falls (1). Only half of adults in the U.S. meet physical activity recommendations (1). Research demonstrates any amount of physical activity is beneficial; however, for substantial health benefits, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition recommends adults do 150 to 300 minutes a week of moderate-intensity physical activity, or 75 to 150 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity physical activity (2). Preferably, aerobic activity should be spread throughout the week. Adults should also do muscle-strengthening activities of moderate or greater intensity that involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week, as these activities provide additional health benefits (2).

Healthy People Objective: PA-2.1, Increase the proportion of adults who engage in aerobic physical activity of at least moderate intensity for at least 150 minutes/week, or 75 minutes/week of vigorous intensity, or an equivalent combination

U.S. Target: 47.9 percent

Other Objectives

New Mexico Community Health Status Indicator (CHSI)

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 the U.S.?

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

Evidence-based Practices

Communities can promote and support physical activity by creating, modifying, and maintaining safe facilities for residents to exercise outdoors or walk or bike for transportation. Below are some strategies communities may use to support physical activity (3): - improve access to outdoor recreational facilities - enhance infrastructure supporting bicycling - enhance infrastructure supporting walking - improve access to public transportation - enhance personal safety in areas where persons are or could be physically active - enhance traffic safety in areas where persons are or could be physically active

Available Services

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


Related Indicators

Relevant Population Characteristics

In 2017, a significantly lower percentage of adults earning less than $15,000 per year met physical activity recommendations compared to adults earning $25,000 or more per year. Similarly, adults who didn't graduate from college were significantly less likely than college graduates to have met physical activity recommendations. Women were less likely than men to meet recommendations, and Hispanics were less likely than Whites.

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicators:


Health Status Outcomes

Regular physical activity during adulthood can lower the risk of all-cause mortality and be protective against numerous chronic health conditions.

Related Health Status Outcomes Indicators:




Graphical Data Views

Adults With Recommended Physical Activity by Year, New Mexico and U.S., 2001-2017 (odd years)

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BRFSS by weighting method by NM vs. U.S.YearPercentage with Recommended ActivityLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 18
New Mexico, Old Weighting Method200150.2%48.2%52.2%
New Mexico, Old Weighting Method200351.3%49.6%53.0%
New Mexico, Old Weighting Method200551.0%49.2%52.8%2,4945,184
New Mexico, Old Weighting Method200753.3%51.5%55.1%3,0796,131
New Mexico, Old Weighting Method200953.3%51.6%55.0%4,1298,080
New Mexico, New Weighting Method201152.2%50.7%53.6%4,6328,657
New Mexico, New Weighting Method201355.0%53.4%56.6%4,5488,275
New Mexico, New Weighting Method201556.0%54.1%58.0%3,4125,962
New Mexico, New Weighting Method201754.0%52.1%55.9%3,2045,788
U.S., Old Weighting Method200146.1%
U.S., Old Weighting Method200347.4%
U.S., Old Weighting Method200549.1%
U.S., Old Weighting Method200749.5%
U.S., Old Weighting Method200951.0%
U.S., New Weighting Method201151.7%
U.S., New Weighting Method201350.8%
U.S., New Weighting Method201551.0%
U.S., New Weighting Method201750.6%

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. Starting in 2011, the definition for the U.S. values changed to "150 minutes or more of aerobic physical activity per week." Prior to that, the U.S. definition was "30 minutes of moderate physical activity five 5+ days per week, or vigorous physical activity for 20+ minutes three or more days per week."

Data Sources

  • 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.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BRFSS Prevalence and Trends Data, [https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/brfssprevalence].


Adults With Recommended Physical Activity by Year and Sex, New Mexico, 2011-2017 (odd years)

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Sex: Males vs. FemalesYearPercentage with Recommended ActivityLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 8
Male201153.0%50.8%55.2%1,9273,503
Male201356.0%53.6%58.4%1,9863,487
Male201557.8%54.8%60.7%1,5002,523
Male201756.9%54.2%59.5%1,5102,553
Female201151.4%49.5%53.2%2,7055,154
Female201354.0%51.9%56.1%2,5624,788
Female201554.4%51.7%57.0%1,9123,439
Female201751.3%48.7%53.9%1,6943,235

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.


Adults With Recommended Physical Activity by County, New Mexico, 2013, 2015, 2017

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CountyPercentage with Recommended ActivityLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 35
Bernalillo57.3%55.0%59.5%1,8253,045
Catron67.8%54.5%78.7%5380
Chaves49.8%45.1%54.4%344681
Cibola52.1%45.9%58.2%309610
Colfax46.4%36.5%56.6%96183
Curry45.7%40.0%51.6%203460
De Baca56.7%39.4%72.5%2655
Dona Ana54.2%51.2%57.2%1,0591,885
Eddy50.7%45.9%55.5%344672
Grant56.0%49.0%62.8%222370
Guadalupe**Rate was suppressed due to small sample size.45
Harding**Rate was suppressed due to small sample size.13
Hidalgo49.1%32.3%66.1%3057
Lea46.2%41.5%51.0%292658
Lincoln55.0%48.7%61.2%212386
Los Alamos65.1%56.8%72.5%137207
Luna44.8%37.4%52.5%113251
McKinley58.8%54.6%62.8%6071,084
Mora40.1%26.1%55.9%3264
Otero53.3%48.3%58.2%366689
Quay56.4%45.6%66.6%70134
Rio Arriba49.9%44.2%55.5%312599
Roosevelt51.2%43.0%59.4%111235
Sandoval59.7%54.4%64.7%545848
San Juan53.1%50.5%55.6%1,5322,774
San Miguel53.5%46.2%60.8%198365
Santa Fe61.3%58.4%64.2%1,1041,730
Sierra49.4%40.1%58.8%88169
Socorro51.7%41.4%61.9%83156
Taos60.4%53.5%66.9%241394
Torrance53.3%40.6%65.7%4698
Union43.5%29.6%58.6%2865
Valencia49.7%43.1%56.3%285523
New Mexico54.0%52.1%55.9%NM value is for 20173,2045,788
U.S.50.6%U.S. value is for 2017

Data Notes

The physical activity questions are administered only in odd years.   U.S. value is the median of all U.S. states and D.C. for 2013. Starting in 2011, the definition for the U.S. values changed to "150 minutes or more of aerobic physical activity per week." Prior to that, the U.S. definition was "30 minutes of moderate physical activity five 5+ days per week, or vigorous physical activity for 20+ minutes three or more days per week." **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. The county-level BRFSS data used for this indicator report 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 Sources

  • 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.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BRFSS Prevalence and Trends Data, [https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/brfssprevalence].


Adults With Recommended Physical Activity by Race/Ethnicity, New Mexico, 2013, 2015, 2017

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Race/EthnicityPercentage with Recommended ActivityLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 7
American Indian/Alaska Native58.0%54.6%61.3%9691,753
Asian/Pacific Islander63.3%53.3%72.3%100166
Black/African American56.1%47.9%64.0%120231
Hispanic50.5%48.8%52.2%3,2866,602
White58.5%57.1%59.9%6,42910,828
New Mexico55.0%54.0%56.1%11,16419,580
United States50.6%U.S. value is for 2017

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 2013. Starting in 2011, the definition for the U.S. values changed to "150 minutes or more of aerobic physical activity per week." Prior to that, the U.S. definition was "30 minutes of moderate physical activity five 5+ days per week, or vigorous physical activity for 20+ minutes three or more days per week."

Data Sources

  • 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.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BRFSS Prevalence and Trends Data, [https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/brfssprevalence].


Adults With Recommended Physical Activity by Household Income, New Mexico, 2013, 2015, 2017

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Household IncomePercentage with Recommended ActivityLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 5
<$15,00046.7%43.8%49.6%1,2062,608
$15,000 to $24,99951.2%48.9%53.5%1,9283,817
$25,000 to $49,99953.1%51.0%55.2%2,5764,641
$50,000 to 74,99960.7%57.9%63.4%1,5432,597
$75,000 or more63.2%61.0%65.4%2,6674,069

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.


Adults With Recommended Physical Activity by Education Level, New Mexico, 2013, 2015, 2017

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Education LevelPercentage with Recommended ActivityLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 4
Less Than High School42.1%39.2%45.0%9542,326
H.S. Grad or G.E.D.50.2%48.2%52.2%2,6765,435
Some Post High School57.5%55.6%59.3%3,1125,531
College Graduate66.0%64.3%67.6%4,4136,706

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.


Adults With Recommended Physical Activity by Sexual Orientation, New Mexico, 2013, 2015, 2017

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Sexual OrientationPercentage with Recommended ActivityLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 3
Straight55.3%54.2%56.4%10,38618,552
Gay or Lesbian53.8%46.1%61.3%201338
Bisexual53.7%45.1%62.1%120226

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.

References and Community Resources

1. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Physical activity: Why it matters. [Online Access] https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/about-physical-activity/why-it-matters.html. 2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2018. [Online Access] https://health.gov/paguidelines/second-edition/pdf/Physical_Activity_Guidelines_2nd_edition.pdf. 3. Laura Kettel Khan, PhD. Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States. CDC, MMWR July 24, 2009 / 58(RR07);1-26. [Online Access] http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5807a1.htm?s_cid=rr5807a1_e.

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.

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