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.
Data NotesThe 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.
Data SourceBehavioral 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.
DefinitionAmong 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
Page Content Updated On 01/30/2015, Published on 01/30/2015