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Indicator Report - Physical Activity: Adult Prevalence

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.

Adult Physical Activity by County, New Mexico 2005 & 2007

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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.

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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.

How We Calculated the Rates

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

Page Content Updated On 01/07/2011, Published on 01/20/2011
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Content updated: Sun, 13 Oct 2013 17:44:08 MDT