Physical Activity

Definition: Percent of adults not participating in any physical activity or exercise, other than their regular job, in the past 30 days.

Regular physical activity can improve the health and quality of life of Americans of all ages, regardless of the presence of a chronic disease or disability. For people who are inactive, even small increases in physical activity are associated with health benefits.

Where We Are
In 2013, 20% of adults in Douglas County did not participate in any physical activity or exercise. The percent in Douglas County was lower than the State of Kansas and the U.S. in 2013.

Health Disparities
Among adults in Douglas County in 2013: Physical inactivity increased for those with annual household income less than $35,000.

Healthy People 2020 Goal
Less than or equal to 32.6%.

Additional Information
Rate of 47.4% of Douglas county residents are overweight or obese (BMI >=25) compared to 64.5% of Kansas residents.

Among adults and seniors, physical activity can lower the risk of early death, coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, breast and colon cancer, falls, and depression.

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Physical Activity Trend Analysis
Physical Activity Disparity Analysis