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Indicator Report - Adults Meeting Physical Activity Recommendations

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.

Percentage of Adults Getting the Recommended Amount of Physical Activity North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2009

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Data Notes

The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 

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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

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

Page Content Updated On 01/20/2012, Published on 05/21/2012
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