Health Indicator Report of Physically Inactive: Older Adults Prevalence
Physical activity among adults has numerous benefits, including: reducing risk of heart disease and stroke, improving physical fitness, bone health and mental health, preventing high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, pre-diabetes and diabetes, maintaining health weight and increasing mobility. Among older adults, physical activity is crucial in preventing falls.
NotesPhysically Inactive questions are included in odd-numbered years.
Data SourceBehavioral Risk Factor Survey, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health, [http://www.state.nj.us/health/chs/njbrfs/]
Data Interpretation IssuesStarting in 2011, BRFSS protocol requires that the NJBRFS incorporate a fixed quota of interviews from cell phone respondents along with a new weighting methodology called iterative proportional fitting or "raking". The new weighting methodology incorporates additional demographic information (such as education, race, and marital status) in the weighting process. These methodological changes were implemented to account for the underrepresentation of certain demographic groups in the land line sample (which resulted in part from the increasing number of U.S. households without land line phones). Comparisons between 2011 and prior years should therefore be made with caution. (More details about these changes can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6122a3.htm.) Data from the New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey are intended to represent non-institutionalized adults in households with telephones. Data are collected using a random sample of all possible telephone numbers. Prior to analysis, data are weighted to represent the population distribution of adults by age, sex, and "race"/ethnicity. As with all surveys, however, some residual bias may result from nonresponse (e.g., refusal to participate in the survey or to answer specific questions) and measurement error (e.g., social desirability or recall). Attempts are made to minimize such error by use of a strict calling protocol (up to 15 calls are made to reach each household), good questionnaire design, standardization of interviewer behavior, interviewer training, and frequent, on-site interviewer monitoring and supervision.
DefinitionAdults aged 65 years and over who engage in no leisure-time physical activity
NumeratorNumber of persons aged 65 years and over who report that they never do, or are unable to do, light or moderate physical activity for at least 10 minutes and that they never do, or are unable to do, vigorous physical activity for at least 10 minutes
DenominatorNumber of persons aged 65 years and over
Healthy People Objective: Reduce the proportion of adults who engage in no leisure-time physical activityU.S. Target: 32.6 percent
Other ObjectivesObjective OA-3a: Reduce the proportion of older adults aged 65 to 74 years who engage in no leisure-time physical activity to 30.3% among the total population, 28.7% among Whites, 38.9% among Blacks, and 34.4% among Hispanics. Objective OA-3b: Reduce the proportion of older adults aged 75 years and over who engage in no leisure-time physical activity to 38.8% among the total population, 37.4% among Whites, 44.9% among Blacks, and 49.6% among Hispanics.
How Are We Doing?Overall, the percentage of older adults in New Jersey who are physically inactive has remained static.
Page Content Updated On 10/25/2016, Published on 02/23/2018