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Important Facts for Adults Meeting Physical Activity Recommendations

Definition

Adults are counted as meeting the recommendation if they indicate that they engage in moderate physical activity for 30 or more minutes per day, five or more days per week or vigorous physical activity for 20 or more minutes per day, three or more days per week.

Numerator

Number of adults aged 18 years and older who report meeting the physical activity recommendations.

Denominator

Number of adults aged 18 years and older responding to the BRFSS survey

Data Interpretation Issues

BRFSS data are weighted for the probability of selection of a telephone number, the number of adults in a household, and the number of phones in a household and adjusted to reflect the demographic distribution of North Carolina's adult population (ages 18 and older). For more technical information about BRFSS, please visit national BRFSS web site: http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/

Why Is This Important?

"Physical activity is an important factor affecting overall health as well as body weight. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes. Regular physical activity also reduces risk for certain cancers, strengthens bones and muscles, and improves mental health." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020

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