Important Facts for Adults Meeting Physical Activity Recommendations
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.
Number of adults aged 18 years and older who report meeting the physical activity recommendations.
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.
Healthy North Carolina 2020
State Center for Health Statistics, N.C. Division of Public Health, Telephone: 919-733-4728, Fax: 919-733-8485