Healthy Trends: Physical Activity

National Data

Healthy People 2010 identifies national health objectives for the year 2010.

Data 2010 finds the latest data for each objective. Search Data 2010 by objective number, e.g., 22-04, where the first number refers to one of 28 chapters or “focus areas” and the second refers to the objective number within the focus area.

Examples of physical activity data from these sources:

 

Measure Population 2001† Goal for 2010‡ Obj #
No leisure time physical activity (18+ years) All adults 38% 20% 22-01
African American 49%
Hispanic or Latino 56%
With disabilities 52%
Moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes 5 or more days/week (18+ yrs) All adults 32% 50% 22-02
African American 25%
Hispanic or Latino 21%
High school graduate 26%
Moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes 5 or more days/wk (grades 9-12) All adolescents 26% 35% 22-06
Vigorous physical activity 3 or more days for at least 20 minutes per occasion (grades 9-12) All adolescents 65% 85% 22-07
Participation in daily physical education in schools Students in grades 9 through 12 32% 50% 22-09

†2001 data taken from Data 2010.
‡2010 goals taken from Healthy People 2010.

 

State Data

CDC’s Physical Activity Interactive Health Statistics provides data from multiple sources.

Much of these data are taken from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a state-based survey that tracks physical activity levels and other health behaviors among adults.

Example of Physical Activity Interactive Health Statistics data:

In 2000, 25.9% of Indianans aged 18 and over engaged in recommended levels of physical activity; 48.8% engaged in insufficient physical activity; and 25.3% were inactive.

CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) provides data from a combination of national, state, and local school-based surveys that track physical activity levels and other health behaviors among students in grades 9 through 12.

Example of YRBSS data:

In 2001, 44.4% of female high school students and 29.0% of male high school students in South Carolina did not engage in recommended levels of physical activity.