"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.
Percentage of Adults Getting the Recommended Amount of Physical Activity North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2009
The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics
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.
How We Calculated the Rates
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
Page Content Updated On 01/20/2012,
Published on 05/21/2012
State Center for Health Statistics, N.C. Division of Public Health, Telephone: 919-733-4728, Fax: 919-733-8485