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Physical Activity

Regular physical activity helps improve a person's overall health and fitness, and reduces the risk for many chronic diseases.1

Nationally in 2015, only 20% of adults reported that they participated in enough aerobic and muscle strengthening exercises to meet guidelines2 and about half of high schools students were physically active at least one hour per day on five or more days per week3.


1. Physical Activity, CDC. 1/31/18.
2. BRFSS Prevalence and Trends Data, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, CDC, 2/16/18.
3. Youth Online, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, CDC, 2/16/18.
Physical activity is tracked at the national and state levels primarily through two surveys:
National information is also tracked through the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), CDC/NCHS.

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Content updated: Wed, 23 May 2018 05:01:10 EDT